Russia says West seeks to stoke discontent in Iran

MOSCOW - Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Western sanctions against Iran were aimed at triggering popular discontent by "strangling" the economy.
Lavrov emphasized Russia's opposition to further UN Security Council sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, saying UN sanctions had "exhausted" their potential.
Additional sanctions "are aimed at causing a strangling effect on the Iranian economy and... the Iranian people, probably in the hope of provoking discontent," Lavrov told an annual news conference.
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