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The statement, attributed to Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, added that “the same story is repeated again and again: As soon as we reach a common understanding in the UN Security Council on a package of finely calibrated measures to influence Iran through sanctions, the US and EU don’t stop at that … and display political disregard for their partnership with Russia.”

US officials responded to the Russian criticism by insisting that the additional US and EU measures complement the Security Council action targeting entities and individuals linked to the nuclear program. The additional measures do not “go beyond” the Security Council in the sense of hurting the Iranian public, the line they say Russia drew when considering the sanctions resolution.

Moscow could not have been surprised by the quick move to tougher additional sanctions in Washington and Brussels. Both the Obama administration and European leaders had said for weeks before the Security Council vote that they would press for additional sanctions of their own once the UN resolution was passed. Both US and EU officials acknowledged that the resolution had been watered down to get China and Russia on board. Additional Western sanctions would be a way to make up for what was lost in Security Council negotiations, they said.

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