Putin: Iran may try to punish Moscow for supporting sanctions
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Iran may try to punish Moscow for voting in favour of the UN Security Council resolution to impose sanctions on Tehran, dpa reported.
Due to the sanctions, Russia will not fulfil a contract to deliver ground-to-air missiles to Iran.
Speaking in Paris, where he was meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, he was reported as saying: "The Iranian are very dissatisfied. They will now try to impose penalties for not fulfilling the contract."
Sarkozy had congratulated Putin on Moscow's decision to support sanctions against Tehran, and said Russia's vote in favour of the resolution had been an "extremely courageous move", according to media reports.
Meanwhile, Putin emphasized his country was likely to pay a heavy bill for the decision which had not been taken lightly but he could live with, he was quoted as saying.
The Russian Prime Minister was visiting Paris for talks on economic cooperation and a planned arms business deal.