E3 agree to establish dollarless trade with Iran: Russian FM Lavrov

TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Russian media that France, Germany and UK have agreed to continue trade with Iran without using US dollar.

Major European countries party to nuclear negotiations with Iran – France, Germany and the UK - have agreed to maintain trade with Tehran independent from the US dollar, said Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, according to Russian news outlet rt.com.

European companies are under increasing pressure from the US to cut business ties with Iran. Since the majority of transactions are currently conducted using the US dollar, firms working in Iran face potential US penalties.

According to Lavrov, the decision particularly concerns small and medium-sized companies. He explained that the participants in the Iranian deal have agreed to work out measures to protect the countries’ businesses from US sanctions.

“Everyone agrees that this [US sanctions – Ed.] is an absolutely illegal and unacceptable policy, but, of course, this can hardly be changed and there will be enough struggle in trade, economic and political spheres,” the Russian foreign minister said.

Last week, EU lawmakers gave approval for the European Investment Bank (EIB) to do business in Iran in an attempt to save the 2015 nuclear deal.

“We are granting the EIB the capacity to invest in Iran if suitable projects are found,” said Siegfried Muresan, a lawmaker from the center-right European People’s Party.

“The Iran deal is good for Europe’s security,” he told Reuters, referring to the accord signed by world powers in 2015.

The US withdrew from the deal on May 8. US sanctions will snap back in two parts, with a first round returning in August, and with the harshest sanctions returning in early November.


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