Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has hit out at his traditional ally Dmitry Medvedev, accusing Russia’s president of being a “spokesman” for the “enemies of Iran.”
Historically good bilateral relations have been strained ever since Medvedev commented recently that Iran was close to acquiring nuclear weapons.
Ahmadinejad insisted Tehran wanted to continue its friendship with Moscow. But he claimed the Kremlin leader’s remarks were “an advertisement for a propaganda drama that America is going to carry out.”
Russia has long played a role in Iran’s energy sector. But controversy surrounding the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme and corresponding UN sanctions have put Moscow in a difficult position.