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xrough
17 Jun 09,, 01:54
Defiant Ahmadinejad blasts US at Russia summit (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/world/06/16/09/defiant-ahmadinejad-blasts-us-russia-summit)



YEKATERINBURG, Russia Iran's under-fire President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tuesday sat alongside world leaders at a summit in Russia, defiantly proclaiming the age of empires was over and attacking the United States.

In a show of confidence after the worst riots in his country in a decade, Ahmadinejad made no mention of the violence or his hotly disputed re-election victory in his address to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting.

"The international capitalist order is retreating," the hardline president told the leaders, including Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and China's Hu Jintao, gathered in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

"It is absolutely obvious that the age of empires has ended and its revival will not take place."

A broadly-smiling Ahmadinejad, wearing a dark suit and as usual no tie, earlier shook hands with a beaming Medvedev before the leaders went into the second day of the summit.

Whether Ahmadinejad -- who has a habit of stealing the limelight at such events -- would turn up had become a source of intrigue after he postponed his planned arrival on Monday following unrest over his disputed win in Friday's presidential election.

Ahmadinejad later held a bilateral meeting with Medvedev and the two sides agreed to continue contacts and develop economic cooperation, a brief Kremlin statement said.

Later Tuesday, US President Barack Obama raised "deep concerns" over the disputed Iranian election, but vowed not to meddle in internal Iranian politics.

His spokesman also said Obama wants direct diplomacy with Iran despite the violent protests there.

Obama has made unprecedented overtures to the Iranian leadership in a bid to end a standoff over Iran's nuclear programme. But Ahmadinejad expressed doubt about Washington's ability to solve global problems.

"Iraq is still occupied. There is no order in Afghanistan. The Palestinian problem is unsolved," he said.

"America is overwhelmed by economic and political crises and there is no hope in their decisions.

"The allies of the United States are also not in a position to wrestle with these problems."

Pointing to the economic crisis, Ahmadinejad said that "drastic changes are an unavoidable necessity" and attacked the "damage caused by international capitalism."

Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov earlier described the elections as an "internal affair of the Iranian people," in Moscow's first official reaction to the controversy.

The Iranian president was attending the summit in Iran's capacity as an observer to the organisation and Tehran has in the past expressed interest in becoming a fully-fledged SCO member.

The visit to Russia was Ahmadinejad's first foreign trip since his landslide re-election victory over his moderate rival Mir Hossein Mousavi sparked two days of street protests and at least seven people were reported killed.

In the latest sign of Beijing seeking to promote its influence in Central Asia, Hu announced that China would extend a 10 billion dollar (7.2 billion euro) credit to member states to help them overcome the financial crisis.

"China has taken a decision to extend to the organisation a credit worth 10 billion dollars to help maintain financial stability," Hu said.

"The global financial crisis continues to deepen, its influence on the global economy is becoming increasingly distinct," he added.

Russia hopes to use the SCO summit and the first summit of Brazil, Russia, India and China being held later on Tuesday in Yekaterinburg to boost its stature as an influential powerbroker.

The SCO was set up in 1996 as an alternative to NATO that would allow Russia and China to counter US influence in Asia.

Along with the two giants, the group also includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday met Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari for the first time since the Mumbai attacks. Their countries have observer status at the SCO.

Singh, whose country blamed the attacks on Pakistan-based militants linked to that country's powerful spy service warned Zardari that Pakistani territory should not be used for terrorism against India.

Dreadnought
17 Jun 09,, 13:20
Good, I hope this worthless piece of shit brings his country what they already know will eventually come. A war with Israel and continued isolation from the outside world. Pretty bad when you have to cheat so bad that its blatently obvious to everybody except those who you block from seeing the outside world. A very small man in all aspects.

Dreadnought
17 Jun 09,, 13:23
Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov earlier described the elections as an "internal affair of the Iranian people," in Moscow's first official reaction to the controversy.

Yeah, you certainly would not want to throw rocks when you have but few windows left in the glass house.:))

Anywhere and everywhere he goes its always the US at fault. Maybe perhaps you can blind your own people for a time but not all the people all the time my friend. Meanwhile Obama has done nothing but extend a hand in friendship. Go figure.

BenRoethig
20 Jun 09,, 00:03
Meaning, "we don't give a damn if you fix your elections as long as you're a client."

Yusuf
20 Jun 09,, 10:07
Obama keeping quiet is probably a sign of things to come. He needs the Iranians for the alternative supply line to the A-stan and also try to pamper his way to Iran backing off its nuke program.

AdvanXer
21 Jun 09,, 05:30
Good luck with that. :rolleyes:

Aryajet
21 Jun 09,, 20:05
Obama keeping quiet is probably a sign of things to come. He needs the Iranians for the alternative supply line to the A-stan and also try to pamper his way to Iran backing off its nuke program.
I think alternative supply line to A-stan could be more practical and close to reality if US administration were dealing with a more pragmatic and civil government in Iran.
Aforementioned condition will also facilitate an easier atmosphere for nuke program negotiations. JMHO

Dreadnought
22 Jun 09,, 21:10
Meaning, "we don't give a damn if you fix your elections as long as you're a client."

I dont know Sky is that what it means?:confused:

Dreadnought
22 Jun 09,, 21:12
Obama keeping quiet is probably a sign of things to come. He needs the Iranians for the alternative supply line to the A-stan and also try to pamper his way to Iran backing off its nuke program.

If one thinks about it, He can handle the nuclear problem without being nice as well. No need for formalities but if he does not back free elections then he might be skirting the very issues that brought him to office. The people will decide not him.;)

Dreadnought
22 Jun 09,, 21:13
I think alternative supply line to A-stan could be more practical and close to reality if US administration were dealing with a more pragmatic and civil government in Iran.
Aforementioned condition will also facilitate an easier atmosphere for nuke program negotiations. JMHO

Agreed.