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Russia eyes its chances as time runs out on Iranian arms embargo

24th August 2020 - 12:26 GMT | by Leonid Nersisyan in Yerevan


The UN Security Council (UNSC) on 14 August rejected a US call to extend the arms embargo on Iran that was imposed as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) adopted in 2015.

From 18 October 2020, therefore, UNSC approval will no longer be required for arms exports to Iran.

An attempt by the US to extend the embargo was only backed by the Dominican Republic. Russia and China voted against and the remaining 11 members of the UNSC abstained.

The US will restore sanctions on Iran from 19 September, claiming its right to do so as an

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Leonid Nersisyan


Leonid Nersisyan

Leonid Nersisyan is a defence analyst and research fellow at APRI Armenia. He is a …

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