On Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russian cooperation in brokering a new Iran Nuclear Deal was linked to removing sanctions imposed on Russia since its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
Russia claimed Saturday that the West’s sanctions on Ukraine have become a block to the Iran nuclear agreement. It warned that Russia would need to consider its national interests.
But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the sanctions on Russia had created a “problem” from Moscow’s perspective.
“It would have all been fine, but that avalanche of aggressive sanctions that have erupted from the West – and which I understand has not yet stopped – demand additional understanding by lawyers above all,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov said Russia wanted a written guarantee from the United States that Russia’s trade, investment and military-technical cooperation with Iran would not be hindered in any way by the sanctions.
“We want an answer – a very clear answer – we need a guarantee that these sanctions will not in any way touch the regime of trade-economic and investment relations which is laid down in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” Lavrov said.
Just as in the initial Iran Nuclear Deal, the Biden junta negotiating Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon is using Russia as an interlocutor with Iran. We and Iran trust Russia as an honest broker. Yes, that is what I am laughing at. They believe this to be true. It’s easy to see why. Diplomacy.
In fact, on the day that Russia kicked off its attack on Ukraine, the State Department declared that yes, Russia was a pariah, but they’d continue working with them on areas of mutual concern.
Of course. https://t.co/QQRm4ak9VG
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With Lavrov’s declaration, it is clear that Putin foreshadowed what was coming in his speech yesterday (see Vladimir Putin Makes Bizarre and Desperate Appeal for ‘Normalized Relations’ and the End of Sanctions).
“There is no need to escalate the situation, impose restrictions. We fulfill all obligations,” he said. “If someone does not want to cooperate with us within the framework of single cooperation, and by doing so harms themselves, they will, of course, harm us, too.”
Noting that, throughout the entire process of imposing sanctions and other actions, the Biden-junta had been slow to act. Germany and Poland were the only countries that sent arms to Ukraine, out of all those who could be named. Biden refused to remove some Russian banks from the SWIFT network and sent out minions to blame European nations who were in the process of doing just that (read We’ve Hit Rock Bottom as Germany, Italy, and the EU Bypass Biden and Take Leadership Roles in Ukraine Crisis). Biden made it clear that Russia was not allowed to fly commercially in the US’ airspace, just days after Europe had done so. Biden, who was being dragged around kicking and screaming to any actions that might offend Putin all through this process has been forced to take every possible action.
It would not be a shock, given the behavior of Biden and his entourage, to wake up tomorrow and find that Biden has lifted sanctions on Russia because I think he and his State Department are so obsessed with a new Iran Nuclear Deal that they’d willingly sandbag our European allies to make that happen. In fact, betraying allies for a transient political goal is so on-brand for Biden, particularly after what we saw in Afghanistan, that it doesn’t take any imagination at all to see it happening.
If you think this is farfetched, just remember the immortal words of Barack Hussein Obama, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up.”