United Nations sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme have been “completely agreed upon”, a Russian source said, and Washington said a resolution could be passed as early as Wednesday.
Iran had earlier warned Russia on Tuesday against siding with Tehran's foes in supporting fresh sanctions.
“The proposal on the sanctions against Iran has been completely agreed upon,” said the Russian source close to Security Council talks, speaking in Moscow on condition of anonymity.
A Western diplomat at the United Nations said a list of new Iranian individuals and firms to be blacklisted under a fourth round of sanctions had been agreed.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad admonished Russia at a news conference in Istanbul, where he was attending a summit along with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. “There is no big problem, but they must be careful not to be on the side of the enemies of the Iranian people,” Ahmadinejad said.
Putin, who said he expected to meet Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia in Istanbul, said the UN resolution had been “practically agreed” but that sanctions should not be “excessive”.