By declaring an embargo on Iranian oil, the EU is embarking on a “political game” in which European importers will come out losers, said at a news briefing in Moscow Iran’s ambassador to Russia, Sayed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi on Thursday.
“Europe erred by politicizing the energy issue. If oil consumers can an embargo, the suppliers are also able to do it,” he said.
“It’s a political game, importers of energy come out losers,” added the diplomat, adding that Tehran did not interrupt its oil exports to Europe for humanitarian reasons.
On 23 January, the Council of the European Union has approved the adoption of an embargo on Iranian crude, to force Tehran to cooperate with the international community over its controversial nuclear program. The EU must stop importing Iranian oil before 1 July.
The media announced Wednesday that response to EU sanctions, Tehran would suspend oil deliveries to six European countries, namely France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal and the Netherlands low. However, this information was later refuted by the Iranian authorities.