US sanctions are illegitimate but Russia expects them to stay in place for a long time, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday, describing Moscow`s ties with Washington as being in their "deepest chill".
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Sunday said the new sanctions imposed by Washington on Tehran in some cases violate the agreement reached last year between the Islamic republic and the world powers during the Geneva nuclear talks.
An ally of Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia`s business elite would not put pressure him to change tack on Ukraine due to Western sanctions which would only strengthen support for the President`s policies.
Moscow has sharply criticised the new set of sanctions imposed by the US administration against seven top Russian government officials and 17 firms linked to President Vladimir Putin in its latest action to punish Moscow for its intervention in crisis prone Ukraine.
Russia said any US sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula.
Iranian negotiators halted nuclear talks with major powers to return to Tehran for consultations after Washington blacklisted a dozen companies and individuals for evading US sanctions, state media reported.
Even as a breakthrough deal was struck between Iran and the six world powers in Geneva, US lawmakers seemed dubious over Iran`s commitment and said that tough sanctions would be imposed in case Tehran failed to comply with the deal, reports said.
The US has sanctioned a top al Qaeda official and a madrassa in Peshawar, serving as a terrorist training centre supporting Lashkar-e-Taeba, the Pakistan based terrorist group behind the Mumbai attack, and the Taliban.
Myanmar`s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi repeated her call on Tuesday for the lifting of sanctions against her impoverished country and vowed to use her new parliamentary role to push along reforms.