The official Obama Administration policy is to work with China and Russia to diplomatically isolate Iran. According to this Reuters report from Tehran, it seems to be working, with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashing out at Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with what sounds like a not-so-veiled threat:
“If I were the Russian president, when making decisions about subjects related to a great nation (Iran) … I would act more cautiously, I would think more,” Ahmadinejad said. “The Iranian nation doesn’t know: are they (the Russians) our friends and neighbors? Are they with us or are they looking for something else?” He said Russia should not support countries which had “shown animosity to us for 30 years,” referring to the United States, which has led the global push for new sanctions.
“This is not acceptable for the Iranian nation. I hope they (Russia) will pay attention and take corrective action,” he said. “I am hopeful that Russian leaders and authorities will pay attention to these friendly words and take corrective action and not let the Iranian nation consider them among the ranks of its historic enemies.”
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