Russian Company Pulls Out Of $180 Million USD Iran Desal Plant, Blaming US Sanctions

MOSCOW, Russia

Russian plans for construction of a $180 Million USD desalination project in Iran have been put on hold after the Russian construction company withdrew from the deal last week, citing the tightening of US sanctions against Iran.ComThe plant was planned to produce 200,000 cubic meters per day of purified water for use by Iranian government istitutions and agriculture.

Russian media reports that sanctions against the Islamic Republic, reinstated after US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, have complicated the supply of necessary equipment, which made the implementation of the project impossible, the Russian-Middle Eastern Export Center said. Rising costs were another reason suggested for the company’s decision to abandon the project. 

The Russian-Middle Eastern Export Center was established in 2016 by the son of Russia’s Prosecutor General, Igor Chaika, and Chairman of the Presidium of the Green Alternative movement, Oleg Mitvol.

Trump announced January 8 that the US is withdrawing from the agreement with Iran on the nuclear program reached by the six international mediators (Russia, the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany) in 2015. In addition, Trump announced the restoration of all sanctions, the effect of which was suspended as a result of the deal.