Russia is pursuing an independent policy vis-a-vis Iran and its stance on Tehran’s nuclear programme was neither pro-US nor pro-Iranian, according to a top Kremlin official.
Responding to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahemadinejad’s claim that Russia is siding with Tehran’s enemies in the crisis over the Iranian nuclear drive, Kremlin foreign policy aide Sergei Prikhodko said, “Russia is unfailingly guided by its long-term government interests.”
Rejecting Ahmadinejad’s claims Prikhodko said Russia’s position is “specifically Russian, it reflects the interests of all Russia’s people, and therefore can be neither pro-American nor pro-Iranian.”
“Any unpredictability, political extremism, lack of transparency or inconsistency in decision-making…is unacceptable for Russia,” Prikhodko was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.
“No one has ever managed to retain their authority through political demagoguery,” Prikhodko added.
Russia is building Iran’s first nuclear power plant in Bushehr city, a facility expected to finally come online in August after a series of delays.