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U.S. sanctions against Iran are not legitimate: Russia's Lavrov

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(Reuters) - Russian said on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions on were not legitimate, in Moscow's first official comment since restored sanctions on

Lavrov said Moscow, itself a target of separate U.S. sanctions, expected there would be ways to pursue economic cooperation with despite the reimposition of sanctions on Monday on the country's oil, and transport sectors.

Speaking in Madrid, Lavrov said had used "unacceptable methods" to pressure operators of the SWIFT global into cutting off Iranian banks.

and its European partners were looking for ways to maintain economic ties with Tehran, he said after meeting his Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell, but provided no details.

said on Tuesday it had so far been able to sell as much as it needs despite U.S. pressure, but urged European countries that oppose the sanctions to do more to shield [L8N1XH2HW]

(Reporting by Polina Devitt; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by and David Stamp)

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 19:41 IST