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Russia says it will counter new U.S. sanctions on Iran: reports

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Russia says it will counter new U.S. sanctions on Iran: reports
FILE PHOTO: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia February 7, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov   -   Copyright  MAXIM SHEMETOV(Reuters)
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and its partners will take steps to counter new sanctions that Washington has said it will impose on Iran, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies on Monday.

In the comments reported by TASS and RIA, Ryabkov did not specify what those steps would be.

He said the imposition of U.S. sanctions would aggravate tensions, and Washington should instead be seeking dialogue with Tehran, the agencies quoted him as saying.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Christian Lowe; editing by John Stonestreet)

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