Medvedev to Iran: Nuclear ambitions must be peaceful

Russian president meets Ahmadinejad for first time since breakdown in ties; stress the importance of Iran's nuclear program being civilian.

November 18, 2010 16:07
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (AP)

MEDVEDEV 311. (photo credit: AP)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday that it is important for Iran to have a peaceful nuclear program, reported AFP.

"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 Medvedev's first meeting with Ahmadinejad since relations between their two countries broke down.

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"The president (Medvedev) spoke of the importance of the continuation of a peaceful Iranian nuclear program," Prikhodko was as saying as saying by Russian news sources.

The two leaders meet on the sidelines of a regional summit in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Once a supporter of Iran, Russia canceled a missile deal with Iran, and has backed international sanctions against the country's controversial nuclear program.

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