Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted by the Russian news organization Interfax as saying the recent sanctions announced by the European Union and U.S. may
force Russia to retaliate by altering its stance on the Iran talks.
Such a move would dramatically escalate tensions between Russia and the
West, which are already high amid Russia's annexation of Crimea on
"We wouldn't like to use these talks as an element of the game of
raising the stakes taking into account the sentiments in some European
capitals, Brussels and Washington," said Ryabkov, who is Russia's envoy
to the ongoing Iran talks.
"But if they force us into that, we will take retaliatory measures
here as well. The historic importance of what happened in the last weeks
and days regarding the restoration of historical justice and
reunification of Crimea with Russia is incomparable to what we are
dealing with in the Iranian issue."
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