Iran has summoned the Hungarian ambassador to Tehran to protest new sanctions impose on the Islamic Republic by the European Union, currently chaired by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
On June 25, the EU blacklisted three members of Iran's Islamic Revolution's Guard Corps (IRGC) over alleged involvement in what it called “repression of protesters in Syria.”
Iranian Foreign Ministry's department for Western Europe summoned Hungarian Ambassador George Busztin to express to him Tehran's “strong protest” against the “hostile and baseless” move on Tuesday.
The ministry further condemned the EU for its “unlawful” approach toward the Islamic Republic.
It also criticized the bloc for its double standards regarding the developments in the region and turning a blind eye to “the crimes against humanity” by the Saudi-backed security forces in Bahrain.
The Hungarian envoy said he would inform Brussels about Iran's protest at the EU move.
The Iranian officials on the EU's blacklist include Commander of the Quds Force Qasim Soleimani, IRGC Commander Brigadier General Muhammad-Ali Jafari, and Head of the IRGC Intelligence Bureau Hossein Taeb.
Earlier, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the EU's attempts to connect the IRGC to the developments in Syria were aimed at "creating a negative atmosphere against Iran and distorting the reality."
On June 23, Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem firmly rejected reports which accused Iran as well as Lebanon's resistance movement of Hezbollah of providing “military support” to the Syrian government to quell the unrest in the Middle Eastern country.