Russia’s envoy to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin says the exterritorial aspect of unilateral sanctions imposed against Iran is “utterly unacceptable” from the viewpoint of international law.
“We are convinced that unilaterally imposed extra restrictions erode effectiveness of the sanctions regime and the collective nature and unity of actions of the international community toward settling the situation regarding Iran’s nuclear program,” Churkin told the UN Security Council meeting on Thursday.
“In a number of cases, such restrictions have an exterritorial character, which is utterly unacceptable from the viewpoint of international law,” Churkin added.
The Russian diplomat stated that the expert group monitoring the sanctions’ observance should act without bias, on a basis of independence, using only reliable sources and trustworthy information.
At the beginning of 2012, the US and the EU approved new sanctions against Iran's oil and financial sectors. The embargoes aim to prevent other countries from purchasing the Iranian oil or transacting with the Central Bank of Iran.
Washington and the EU have declared that the bans are meant to force Iran to abandon its nuclear energy program, which they claim to include a military component.
Iran has vehemently refuted the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to use the nuclear technology for peaceful objectives.