Policy & Regulation

US prioritises pressure on Russia over Iran sanctions

The latest US measures suggest Washington is more willing to put pressure on Russia than punish Iran The latest US measures suggest Washington is more willing to put pressure on Russia than punish Iran.
By Verity Ratcliffe 9 August 2018 0 32092
US President Donald Trump United States President Donald Trump at a rally in July. (PA)

United States President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Monday to reimpose sanctions on Iran. But gas projects that fulfil certain criteria – chiefly, the ability to ease European and Turkish reliance on Russian supplies – will be exempt from secondary sanctions. This suggests the US is prepared to compromise its position on Iran to ramp up pressure on Moscow.

Three types of project are exempt: pipelines that transport gas from Azerbaijan to Turkey and Europe; projects that can help reduce the dependence...