Ahmadinejad Condemns Russia Over Canceled Missile Deal

Iranian president says Russia has 'been deceived by Satan' to cancel sale of S-300 missile defense system to Iran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday condemned Russia for canceling a missile deal with Tehran.

"Some officials have been deceived by the Satan and thought that by illegally canceling an arms deal, they could harm Iran," Ahmadinejad said in the city of Bojnourd in north-eastern Iran.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad AP Sept. 24 2010

"They should however be told that Iran does need their missiles to defend the country, they are still obliged to fulfil the still valid contract and if not, Iran will force them to make good the damage caused," he said.

The Kremlin announced in September that President Dmitry Medvedev canceled the sale of an S-300 missile defense system to Iran because of United Nations Security Council sanctions against the country.

The presidential decree forbade the transfer of tanks, artillery, warships, helicopters and missile defence systems to Iran. Tehran had ordered the missile defense system two years ago.

Ahmadinejad further blamed Medvedev, whose country is a strategic partner of the Islamic state, to have "sold-out" Iran to the United States.

"If you think that Iran would make concessions to the U.S. because of the canceled missile deal, then you should know that Iran would never do this," Ahmadinejad said.

Russia and China are the only two major powers that still maintain extensive political and economic relations with Iran.

However, ties with Moscow have cooled since Medvedev took over the presidency in 2008, in part due to increased Russian support of U.S. policies against Iran's disputed nuclear programs.