Ahmadinejad says Medvedev part of anti-Iran campaign

Ahmedinejad harshly criticized Russian President Dmitri Medvedev of turning against Tehran and joining the US in spreading lies about its nuclear programme.

Ahmadinejad says Medvedev part of anti-Iran campaign

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad harshly criticized Russian President Dmitri Medvedev of turning against Tehran and joining the US in spreading lies about its nuclear programme.

The Iranian President has had harsh words for Moscow since it became apparent that Russia would support last month's new UN sanctions against Tehran for its refusal to stop parts of its nuclear programme.

Ahmedinejad said in a speech that Russia is a great nation and Iran is interested in continuing friendship between the two nations.

However, he added that Medvedev's remarks "are part of a propagandist scenario that is to be carried out by the US president against the Iranian nation."

Iran insists its nuclear work is only for generating power and other peaceful uses.

The US and its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear programme as a cover to develop a nuclear weapons capability.

Medvedev said last week that although Iran is "an active and trusted trading partner ... this does not mean we don't care how it develops its nuclear programme and what its military components look like."

He also urged Iran to find the courage to cooperate with the international community over its disputed nuclear programme.

On Friday, Ahmedinejad answered back, saying Medvedev was joining the US against Iran and harming Russia's interests.

Agencies

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