Thursday, May 27, 2010

Iran and Russia Clash in Worst Row for Years

TEHRAN. With the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ah...Image via Wikipedia

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TEHRAN/MOSCOW


Iran and Russia clashed on Wednesday over Kremlin support for draft U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic, in one of the worst rows between the two powers since the Cold War.


The public clash indicates growing concern in Tehran after the United States said Russia and China, the closest thing Iran has to big-power allies, had agreed to a draft sanctions resolution to punish Iran over its nuclear program.


"If I were the Russian president, when making decisions about subjects related to a great nation (Iran) ... I would act more cautiously, I would think more," Ahmadinejad said in a televised outdoor speech.


Though trade ties have grown over the past two decades, Russia is still regarded with deep distrust in Iran after several wars between Persia and the Tsarist Empire, followed by rocky relations with the atheist Soviet Union.


"It is simply the latest attempt by the Iranian president to lay the blame for his own problems at someone else's door."

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