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Russia and Iran agree to 'counteract' Western sanctions

Russia and Iran agree to 'counteract' Western sanctions Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (Getty Images)

Russia has signed a declaration with Iran on "counteracting" sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union, and several other countries, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

"We have just signed a declaration on ways and means of countering, mitigating, and compensating for the negative consequences of 'unilateral coercive measures'," Lavrov said.

He claims it's an important step in improving coordination efforts among "world community members to overcome illegal sanctions."

He also accused the United States and its allies, referring to sanctions imposed on Russia for its war against Ukraine, as a "substitute for diplomacy."

Sanctions against Russia and Iran

Western countries regularly impose sanctions on Russia and Iran for their involvement in the war against Ukraine and human rights violations. However, countries consistently try to circumvent the imposed restrictions.

Today, law enforcement in Finland uncovered a scheme to evade EU sanctions. Companies were supplying drones to Russia worth millions of euros.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy states that Russia needs to be deprived of the opportunity to bypass sanctions via intermediaries to dismantle Russian belief in impunity.

Earlier, a Dutch court sentenced a Russian entrepreneur to 1,5 years in prison and a fine of 200,000 euros. He supplied microchips to Russia, bypassing sanctions.