Russia has said it doesn’t believe sanctions against Iran will help solve the nuclear crisis with Tehran. That’s according to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov who has been holding talks with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad days ahead of a conference by major world powers to discuss fresh punitive measures against Iran.
Lavrov’s comments come after Washington broadened its own long-standing sanctions against Iran last week to include three of the country’s largest banks. The ban also concerns part of the Revolutionary Guard, a main unit of Iran’s defence ministry, and senior officials of the military accused of spreading weapons of mass destruction.
Lavrov’s visit coincides with a crucial round of talks in Tehran between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency. It is due to report on the nuclear standoff in mid-November. Western powers have warned of harsher sanctions if Iran hasn’t answered sensitive questions about its nuclear activity by then.