Baku hosts meeting of presidents of Russia and Iran (UPDATE)

Baku hosts meeting of presidents of Russia and Iran (UPDATE)

Editor's note: Details were added after the second paragraph

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev has met with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Baku on Thursday, the Iranian president's official website reported.

The presidents discussed bilateral relations, international issues and matters relating to the Caspian Sea.

The Medvedev-Ahmadinejad meeting was an open meeting and the parties did not avoid the difficult issues, Assistant to the Russian President Sergei Prikhodko said following the meting, RIA Novosti reported.

"This is a very important meeting," he said. "The conversation was totally open, neither we nor our interlocutor did not avoid hard questions.'

Relations between Russia and Iran soured after Moscow has supported the June resolution of the UN Security Council against Tehran, and then refused to supply to the Iranian side anti-aircraft missile systems S-300 and other military equipment.

Prikhodko said during his meeting with Ahmadinejad, Medvedev gave his principled assessment to the known decisions of the UN Security Council.

"This assessment has been repeatedly expressed," Prikhodko recalled. He noted that the meeting also addressed issues related to the necessity of developing relations between Russia and Iran, which is a neighboring state for Russia. "We would continue to support economic and trade ties and other links that do not fall under the scope of the restrictions imposed by the UN resolutions," he said.

"The Russian President spoke about the importance of continuing the peaceful Iranian nuclear program," Prikhodko said. "A good example of effective cooperation was the construction of nuclear power plant in Bushehr, whose construction was carried out entirely under the control of the IAEA."

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