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Russia slams 'anti-human' US sanctions against Iran

Officials carry out disinfection works as restrictions have been placed on religious ceremonies to prevent spreading coronavirus in Qom, Iran on 25 February 2020 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]
Officials carry out disinfection works as restrictions have been placed on religious ceremonies to prevent spreading coronavirus in Qom, Iran on 25 February 2020 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday slammed the US sanctions against Iran as "anti-human," as the country battles the deadly coronavirus, Anadolu Agency reports.

The sanctions create a strong barrier for Iran that has been hit heavily by the virus known as COVID-19, the ministry said in a statement.

"Illegal unilateral US sanctions, imposed since May 2018 as part of the 'maximum pressure' campaign, are a powerful obstacle to effective fight against the infection. The reason for the many victims, caused by it, lies not only in the disease itself, but also in the fact that the US, purposefully hinder the resistance [to the coronavirus]."

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"Millions of Iranian citizens were cut off from the possibility of purchasing necessary medical supplies, no matter how hard Washington tried to distort it. The anti-human policy of the US provokes deep regret, alarm and serious concern," it said.

Cornavirus is affecting the world's economy - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Cornavirus is affecting the world's economy – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

The ministry urged the US to lift the restrictive measures "hitting the human rights in Iran."

"The global pandemic is not a time for settling geopolitical accounts, especially those that have no basis, invented in Washington for the purpose of satisfying their own ambitions," it said.

The virus known as COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, China last December, and has spread to 150 countries and territories. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a pandemic.

The UN agency said out of 165,000 confirmed cases, the death toll is nearly 6,500.

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