Iran: Ahmadinejad accuses Russia of giving in to American 'Satan'

Tehran, 3 Nov. (AKI) - Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday condemned Russia for "selling" the Islamic Republic to the United States after Moscow pulled out of a deal to sell Tehran S-300 anti-aircraft missiles.

"There are some who are under the influence of Satan, and believe that they have the ability to one-sidedly forgo a defence agreement," Ahmadinejad said in a speech aired by Iranian state television.

"They think they can hurt the Iranian people this way."

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in September announced that his country would scrap the deal, giving in to pressure by the US, as the S-300 is considered extremely advanced and could allow Iran to effectively defend its nuclear facilities from attack.

The agreement between Russia and Iran was inked in 2007. Iran said it may sue over Russia's violation of the agreement.

In comments broadcast on Iranian television, Ahmadinejad said the contract Tehran remains valid and warned that Russia must pay compensation and penalties for unilaterally cancelling the deal.


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