Russia pays no heed to US poll criticism: Medvedev

Russian Prez said he had told his US counterpart that Moscow attached no importance to Washington`s criticism of elections.

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2011, 23:52 PM IST

Moscow: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
said on Saturday he had told his US counterpart Barack Obama that
Moscow attached "no importance" to Washington`s criticism of
this month`s elections in Russia.

"Of course, I had to say one thing to him: `You can think
of our elections what you want, it is our affair. To speak
frankly, we attach no importance to it`," Medvedev said of a
telephone call with Obama yesterday.

"We are a big country, strong, sovereign," he was quoted
as saying by the Interfax news agency.

The White House said the US president praised Medvedev`s
commitment to investigate allegations of flaws in the December
4 vote, which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin`s United Russia
party won with a reduced majority.

The call between the two leaders follows criticism of the
United States by Putin, who is expected to take back his old
job as president after a presidential election in March next
year.

Putin last week accused the United States of inciting the
wave of protests against alleged vote rigging after Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton raised concerns about the fairness of
the election.

And on Thursday he accused Washington of orchestrating
the mob killing of former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi in
October.

PTI