Vladimir Putin
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has called for closer cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran in regional and international issues.

Putin called for enhanced Russo-Iranian partnership at the 10th meeting of the prime ministers of the intergovernmental Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Russian daily Izvestia reported.

He also endorsed remarks made by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi earlier at the November 6-8 meeting. Salehi had censured the double-standard policy adopted by the global arrogance vis-ร -vis the international issues.

"Indeed, as you said those arrogant world powers supported the old regimes in North Africa but... they also supported the North African revolutions as well, the ones that overthrew the old regimes," said the Russian premier.