Russia’s new attitude toward Iran is a defeat for West: VP

October 21, 2007

TEHRAN -- A change in Russian president’s policy toward Iran is a “political defeat” for the West, First Vice President Parviz Davudi said here on Saturday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Tehran last Tuesday to participate in the Caspian Sea summit which was also attended by presidents of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan.
All countries and political analysts have described Putin’s visit to Tehran as a victory for Tehran’s nuclear diplomacy.
In his visit to Tehran Putin said his view of Iran has changed and he will soon host a conference in Moscow for boosting economic relations between the two countries, Davudi told a meeting of the Energy Ministry directors.
Davudi said Russia has recognized Iran as an “independent and powerful” country which is willing to broker closer economic ties with it.
Davudi also told the Energy Ministry officials that Iran plans to produce 20,000 megawatts of electricity through building nuclear power plants.