Ahmadinejad statement on Holocaust unacceptable: Russia

Ahmadinejad statement on Holocaust unacceptable: Russia Moscow: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statement that the Holocaust was "a myth" is "totally unacceptable", the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Such statements, wherever they come from, contradict the truth and are totally unacceptable," ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said in the statement.

"Attempts to rewrite history, especially as the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II is being marked this year, are an offence to the memory of all victims and all those who fought fascism," he added.

Nesterenko said Ahmadinejad's comment "does not contribute to creating an international atmosphere that would foster a fruitful dialogue on issues concerning Iran."

Iran and six powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- are to meet again on October 1 on Iran's nuclear programme amid fears that Tehran is planning to build an atomic bomb.

Ahmadinejad made the statement as he addressed the annual Quds Day rally in Tehran yesterday, reiterating earlier comments that had sparked outrage around the world.

The United States, Britain, France and Germany all issued statements slamming his latest outburst dismissing the killing of some six million Jews of occupied Europe by the Nazis during World War II.

Bureau Report