Iran to lose trust in Russia: MP

08:39, May 27, 2010      

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An Iranian lawmaker said Wednesday that there is a growing distrust in Russia among Iranians and Moscow's alliance with Tehran is shrouded in ambiguity, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The member of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Mehdi Sanaie, told IRNA that some layers of Iranian society believe that all-out relations with Russians is costly for Iranians, so Tehran should think twice about expanding ties with Moscow.

Sanaie, who is also member of Iran-Russia parliamentary friendship group, said that Russians were expected to support Iranians at sensitive junctures given Iran's constant alliance with Russia, according to the report.

Naturally, Iran and Russia share many common interests and their mutual cooperation in guaranteeing regional peace and stability has been effective in promoting both countries' global status, IRNA quoted him as saying.

Russians are better to re-win the trust of the Iranian government and nation and open new pages in bilateral ties by taking proper measures, he added.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday criticized Russia for backing the United States in pushing for a new round of sanctions against Tehran, the local satellite Press TV reported.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday in a Senate hearing that the U.S. and its Western allies had reached an agreement with Russia and China over a draft UN Security Council resolution that would expand sanctions against Iran for its failure to halt its controversial nuclear program.

Source: Xinhua


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