Ahmadinejad slams Russia for US 'sell out' over missiles
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at Russia on Wednesday, saying it had "sold out" Iran to arch-foe the United States by cancelling a deal to supply S-300 ground-to-air missiles.
"Some people who are under the influence of Satan (the United States) thought that if they can unilaterally and illegally cancel some defence agreements that they have with us, it will hurt the Iranian nation," Ahmadinejad said in reference to the missile deal between Moscow and Tehran.
"They went and sold us out to our enemies by unilaterally cancelling the agreement for which they have been paid," he said at a public rally in the northeastern city of Bojnourd which was broadcast live on state television.
"I want to tell them on your behalf that we consider the deal to still be valid. They should execute it. If they don't, the Iranian nation will seek its rights, the loses and the fines on it," he said to a cheering crowd.
The remarks were Ahmadinejad's first direct reaction to Moscow's decision to cancel the delivery of the S-300 missiles.
In September, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree banning supplies of S-300 missiles and other arms to the Islamic republic.
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