The Russian foreign ministry on Saturday condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for saying the Holocaust was "a myth," calling his statement "totally unacceptable."
In a rally in Teheran on Friday, Ahmadinejad said the Holocaust was "a false pretext to create Israel." He also called on all Muslims to confront the "Zionist regime [as] a national and religious duty."
"Such statements, wherever they come from, contradict the truth and are totally unacceptable," AFP quoted ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenkoas as saying.
The Iranian leader's comment "does not contribute to creating an international atmosphere that would foster a fruitful dialogue on issues concerning Iran," Nesterenko reportedly said.
"Attempts to rewrite history, especially as the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II is being marked this year, are an offense to the memory of all victims and all those who fought fascism," he added.