MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A new crisis may erupt in the Middle East following the introduction of new US sanctions against Iran, Alexei Pushkov said on Saturday.
Выраженная враждебность США к Ирану может вызвать новый опасный и ненужный кризис на Ср.Востоке в условиях, когда еще не решена проблема ИГ.— Алексей Пушков (@Alexey_Pushkov) February 4, 2017
"The outspoken hostility of the United States against Iran may cause a new dangerous and unwanted crisis in the Middle East while the problem of the Islamic State [Daesh, outlawed in Russia] has not been settled yet," Pushkov posted on Twitter.
The continuous tensions in bilateral ties between Washington and Tehran reached a new high after Iran's ballistic missile test on Monday.
On Friday, the United States introduced a new round of sanctions against Tehran, including 25 individuals and entities based in Iran, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and China for the alleged support of Iran’s ballistic missile program.
In a response to the move, Iran vowed to retaliate with legal restrictions on American individuals and entities that are assisting "regional terrorist groups."
An Iranian official slammed the US decision, saying that the missile test is Tehran's "internal affair aimed at strengthening the country's defense capability" amin uncertainty on international arena.