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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lavrov Blames Iran

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday rejected Iran’s criticism of the Kremlin for supporting draft sanctions, saying Russian attempts to resolve the crisis over Iran’s nuclear program had fallen on deaf ears in Tehran.

In one of the worst disputes between the two countries in decades, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday admonished the Kremlin for bowing to what he said was U.S. pressure to agree on sanctions.

When asked by a reporter about Ahmadinejad’s tirade, Lavrov said he viewed the comments as “emotional.”

“To our great regret, during years — not just months — Iran’s response to these efforts has been unsatisfactory, mildly speaking,” Lavrov said at a briefing in Moscow.