The West's ultimate goal is not Iran, but India and China, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by Irinn.
He named the wish to undermine China's and India's rapidly growing economies as the causes of the West's interest.
He named the recent concentration of NATO forces around India and unrests in Pakistan as an argument.
Presently, the West experiences a rapid downturn in the economy and the leaders of the Western countries have decided to conceal reality from their peoples, he said at today's news conference.
Ahmadinejad said that NATO almost completely surrounded Russia and once Russia will understand this.
"Russia should respond to the deployment of NATO forces along its borders," he said.