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March 3, 2014 1:27 pm

Senior Russian Official: ‘We Expect All Sanctions on Iran to be Lifted’

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Iraian President Rouhani at a rally celebrating the 1979 Islamist revolution. Photo: Screenshot.

The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Russia’s parliament, Mikhail Margelov, said on Monday that his country expects all economic sanctions against Iran to be removed immediately, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported.

“There have been important developments. President Hassan Rouhani has openly declared that Iran has no intention to develop an atomic bomb,” Margelov said. “Furthermore, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has issued a decree that prohibits the building of a bomb, calling it ‘a sin.’ ”

As a result of these public statements, Marglov concluded, “The conditions have now been met to justify the full lifting of sanctions on Iran.”

According to the senior Russian official, the sanctions  issue will be brought up during the next round of talks between the Islamic Republic and world powers, scheduled for March 17.

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