Poll: Russia’s stance on Iran ‘a mistake’

Some 82 percent of respondents to a Russian radio poll have said they deem Moscow’s approval of fresh UN Security Council sanctions against Iran a “mistake.”

The poll, conducted during a live Radio Moscow interview with Rajab Safarov, director of the Center for Contemporary Iranian Studies, comes one week after the Security Council voted to impose a fourth round of sanctions against Iran, tightening financial and military restrictions on the Islamic Republic.

The poll shows that 82 percent of respondents “assess Moscow’s support of Western anti-Iran policies as well as the ‘Yes’ vote against the country at the Security Council as a mistake,” RIA Novosti’s Persian service reported Wednesday.

“The US and the West are seeking to lure Moscow over to their side, but this is not to Russia’s advantage, since in the end Russia will pay the loss,” Safarov was quoted as saying.

Noting Iran’s central role in regional and international issues, Safarov went on to stress that by distancing itself away from Iran, Moscow has jeopardized its ties with Tehran.


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