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War of words between Russia & Iran over sanctions

Russia on Wednesday accused Iran of indulging in "political demagoguery" after an unprecedented attack from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stretched Moscow`s already strained patience with Tehran.



Moscow: Russia on Wednesday accused Iran of
indulging in "political demagoguery" after an unprecedented
attack from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stretched Moscow`s
already strained patience with Tehran.

Tehran has traditionally counted on Russia to moderate
the stance of Western world powers in the standoff over its
nuclear programme but Moscow has over the last weeks been
increasingly open about its frustration with Tehran.

Ahmadinejad today bluntly accused Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev of siding with Tehran`s enemies, like arch-foe
the United States, in the crisis over the Iranian nuclear
drive.

His comments were an extraordinary broadside against
Russia, usually seen as having the closest political ties to
Tehran of any major world power and a key military and
technical partner of the Islamic Republic.

"Any unpredictability, political extremism, lack of
transparency or inconsistency in decision-making... is
unacceptable for Russia", the Kremlin`s top foreign policy
advisor Sergei Prikhodko said in response.

"No one has ever managed to retain their authority
through political demagoguery," Prikhodko added in a statement
released by state news agencies.

Despite its strong energy and defence ties with Iran,
Russia has backed a new sanctions drive at the UN Security
Council which has issued repeated ultimatums for Iran to
freeze uranium enrichment.

Moscow has also reacted coolly to a nuclear fuel deal
aimed at defusing the standoff that was brokered by Brazil and
Turkey earlier this month, a stance which has clearly
disappointed Tehran.

Medvedev cautiously welcomed the deal but also expressed
concern it may fail to allay the main fear of the
international community about Tehran`s uranium enrichment
operations.

"We hope Russian officials will pay attention, make
amends and not let Iranians put them in the line of their
historic enemies," Ahmadinejad said in a speech today.

Iran appears particularly annoyed that Russia and China
have joined in with the three other permanent members of the
UN Security Council -- Britain, France and the United States
-- in discussing a new sanctions text against Tehran.

But Prikhodko rubbished the suggestion by Ahmadinejad
that Russia was adopting a pro-American stance in the nuclear
crisis.

"Our position is Russian, it reflects the interests of
all the peoples of Russia and thus it is neither pro-American
nor pro-Iranian."

-PTI

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