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Russia, Spain slam US 'ultimatums' on Iran

AFP  |  Madrid 

The foreign ministers of and on Tuesday hit out at US sanctions policy against and ultimatums they say are being imposed by

Trump in May abandoned a 2015 multi-nation deal with aimed at reining in its nuclear programme.

The deal had been unanimously endorsed by a Security Council resolution, making it legally binding.

On Monday, reimposed its last tranche of sanctions -- punitive measures targeting the Iranian and financial sectors.

The nevertheless gave eight countries temporary waivers, allowing them to continue to buy from -- China, India, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and

But in general the US sanctions stipulate that to maintain access to the US market, countries and foreign companies must stop trading with Iran.

"Sanctions are absolutely illegitimate, they are are being imposed in flagrant violation of the UN Security Council's decision," Russian told reporters in

"And the forms in which these measures are being declared and implemented cannot cause anything but deep disappointment.

"It is not acceptable in our age to pursue a policy based on ultimatums and unilateral demands." Spanish concurred, saying he rejected "any kind of position that resembles an ultimatum from anyone and also from the

"This notion of 'you're either with me or against me' is of another era." Lavrov also once again rejected accusations of Russian interference in polls abroad, on the day of crucial US mid-term elections.

"All these accusations are false," he said.

"There is no intervention from in today's elections.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 22:35 IST