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EU Shrugs Off US Sanctions, Gives Millions In Coronavirus Aid To Iran

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

The White House has not backed off it’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign on Iran even as the Islamic Republic’s Covid-19 cases and deaths continue to soar, approaching 25,000 confirmed cases Tuesday.

Despite even close US ally Britain quietly signalling it’s had enough of Washington’s ill-timed pressures, Secretary of State Pompeo has upped the ante further, on Monday accusing the Iranian regime of everything from hoarding masks and equipment to intentionally spreading the deadly disease to at least five countries.

But it appears Europe has finally begun to shirk US demands. On Monday EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell announced 20 million euros in new aid to Iran, and more crucially said the body will support Tehran’s request for IMF assistance.

EU Shrugs Off US Sanctions, Gives Millions In Coronavirus Aid To Iran

“We’ve not been able to provide a lot of humanitarian help but there is some 20 million euros in the pipeline … that we expect to be delivered over the next weeks,” Borrell said in a video news conference Monday.

“We also agree in supporting the request by Iran and also by Venezuela to the International Monetary Fund to have financial support,” he said further but without disclosing details.

European officials consider the situation as urgent and see the US pressure campaign as greatly exacerbating the death toll given Iran lacks much of the basic medicines and equipment to treat at-risk patients and mitigate the outbreak. Recently Iranian health officials said shockingly that one person is dying from the virus every 10 minutes.

The pressure for some kind of dramatic blanket easing of US sanctions is only set to grow, given that last week Iran’s leaders for the first time in a half-century turned to the IMF. Bloomberg reported of the urgent IMF appeal:

Iranians say that their economy is weak and unable to cope with the humanitarian toll because of the U.S. sanctions. Last week, Iran turned to the International Monetary Fund for the first time since the 1960s for aid, though Ali Vaez, the Crisis Group’s Iran project director, said the U.S. may try to block the IMF loan in order to keep up the pressure on the regime.

No doubt this will unleash fury out of Pompeo’s office, but at such a crucial juncture with the whole world’s eyes on combating the coronavirus pandemic, Washington will continue to shed allies by keeping up the so-called ‘maximum pressure’.

Iran’s leaders have said that without immediate assistance possibly “millions” will die inside the country, while further blaming Trump and Pompeo’s policies for increasing the death toll.

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  • verner

    I wait for it to actually happen, which I hope will be the case but the dysfunctional states of A won’t accept a breach of the washington dc dictate and will threaten and cajole the EU to comply.

  • Hasbara Hunter

    Corona definitely got some very positive outcomes….if shakin’ hands is one of’m…good thing

  • <>

    The EU will eventually have to decide on which side they are, ours or Iran. If they choose iran, they can forget from having any say on the future peace process, plus any future cooperations between us and them. If we had a true leader with balls, we would have already ended that disease called the mullahs.

    • Hasbara Hunter

      Definitely Iran’s side…them filthy KidKillers in ISraHell can Eat Shit & Die…

    • Concrete Mike

      I choose the side of humanity, not barbarity.if you choose to remain a barbarian at a time that all humans can work together, so be it we will advance and leave you behind.

      There is only one disease, zionist intransigence.

      It sure takes a special.kind of fuck head to politicize a medical emergency let me tell you. It makes israel and usa look reaponsible for it as a matter of fact.

      You israelis should really learn to shut up sometimes, the world does not revolve around THOU!

      • <>

        Well Mike, I don’t have any problem helping regular Iranians. But why should the US lift up the sanctions? and even more, why would the EU support helping the mullahs? answer is oil. So if they wanna keep Iranian oil that’s fine, but we should tell the EU that by doing so, Israel is not longer obliged to any agreements between us and them. One way or another, the war between Israel and Iran will eventually come.

        • Ronald

          “Will eventually come”, but it doesn’t need to.
          Our thoughts, create our reality,

          ‘whatsoever a man soweth, so shall he also reap.’
          Time for the kids to grow up, help life and the Infinite life will help you.

        • Hasbara Hunter

          FUCK USRAHELL!!! You are goin’ down boy….perhaps we need a genetically manipulated version of COVID-19 that only kills ZioNazis

    • igybundy

      Which side, the side of good or evil and you are a pure evil satanic blob entity..

    • verner

      they sure as a klucking bell ain’t on the side of the jews. and when the jews finally are eviscerated from palestine by Iran, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and hezbollah, europe will exclaim in unison – finally rid of the vermin, not a second too sooon.

  • Assad must stay

    finally EU does a good thing

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    • Hasbara Hunter

      Piss off cunt…

  • SnowCatzor

    The callous pricks in Washington never stop their attacks on Iran, that’s how pathologically evil they are.

  • Kamīrusan

    It’ll get canceled the last second, the EU has no balls and no game … i hope i’m wrong though if not sanctions at least let food and medicine in for crying out loud

    • Hasbara Hunter

      USraHell will go down…no matter what…

    • igybundy

      You are right. I would not count on the europeans to help here. But I hope some like India would be willing to help. I would only count on Russian and Chinese help which wont be sufficient.

  • Shakir Mumtaz

    American bullying must stop, by its brainwashed citizens. All American should study the Zion Protocol to know the reality of Zionism and Israel.

    Read: https://shakir2.wordpress.com/2020/03/23/deserted-mecca/