Russia tells Ahmadinejad nuclear drive must be peaceful

18th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia President Dmitry Medvedev Thursday stressed the importance of Iran having a peaceful nuclear programme, in his first meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad since a breakdown in ties, the Kremlin said.

"The conversation was of a completely open nature. Neither ourselves, nor our colleague avoided unpleasant questions," Medvedev's top foreign policy aide Sergei Prikhodko said after the meeting in Baku.

"The president (Medvedev) spoke of the importance of the continuation of a peaceful Iranian nuclear programme," Russian news agencies quoted Prikhodko as saying.

Medvedev met Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of a regional summit in the Azerbaijani capital Baku during one of the lowest points in relations between the two traditional allies.

Once a reliable backer of Tehran, Moscow has scrapped a controversial missile deal with Iran and backed United Nations sanctions against the country over its controversial nuclear drive.

© 2010 AFP

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