News ID: 268641
Published: 1237 GMT May 05, 2020

Russia raps US for obstructing IMF loan to Iran, Syria

Russia raps US for obstructing IMF loan to Iran, Syria

A senior Russian diplomat slammed the US for obstructing a loan by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to Iran and Syria to help them in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

"The US move, which is politically motivated to block the transfer of loans, including emergency financing in the face of a humanitarian crisis, to countries such as Iran and Syria, is unacceptable,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Pankin told Rossiya Segodnya.

Pankin stressed that the IMF must take a transparent and nondiscriminatory approach to granting loans to the needy and vulnerable amid the pandemic, Press TV wrote on Tuesday.

Kristalina Georgieva, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has announced that the IMF has allocated a $50-billion emergency loan package for countries most affected by the coronavirus.

Iran, one the countries hot hard by the outbreak, has put out a request for a $5-billion loan, but Washington has – in line with its changeless anti-Tehran policy and maximum pressure campaign – opposed dispensation of the sum by the world body.

Last month, the European Union censured the United States for refusing to ease sanctions on the Islamic Republic and blocking the IMF loan to Iran to help it fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We supported first to soften the sanctions and second, the request by Iran to the International Monetary Fund for financial help," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told a virtual news conference after a video conference of EU foreign ministers on April 22.

"I regret that the Americans are, at this stage, opposing the International Monetary Fund from taking this decision. From a humanitarian point of view, this request should have been accepted," he added.

Iran’s top security official said on April 25 that the US blocking of Iran’s request for a loan from the IMF violates the rule governing right to health.

“US opposition to #Iran's loan request from the #IMF is a violation of the Peremptory Norm of Right to Health,” Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said in a tweet.

"Third-party governments have 2 obligations: To cut ties with the violating government & to take action to resolve the illegal situation," he added.

Despite the hardships it is suffering due to the US sanctions, Iran has been doing its utmost to contain COVID-19.

Tehran has repeatedly said it does not seek Washington’s help in the fight, but wants the White House to lift the illegal economic sanctions so that Iran could mobilize its own resources to tackle the pandemic.



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