Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has denounced Dimitry Medvedev, his Russian counterpart, as a "mouthpiece" of Iran's enemies, highlighting rising tensions between the two countries.
Ahmadinejad made the comments after Russia joined the US and the EU in accusing Iran of having a hidden agenda for its controversial nuclear programme.
Russia had already upset its past ally when it backed US-led calls for more sanctions against Iran.
"In a meeting with his ambassadors, [Medvedev] said we have knowledge that Iran is moving towards the bomb," Ahmadinejad said in pre-recorded footage broadcast by state television on Saturday.
"We regret that Medvedev has become the mouthpiece for the plans of Iran's enemies."
Russia's attitude towards Iran has appeared to dramatically shift after Medvedev visited the US late last June.
On July 12, Medvedev made his toughest remarks to date about the Iranian nuclear programme, which Tehran has always insisted is entirely peaceful in aim.
"Iran is nearing the possession of the potential which, in principle, could be used for the creation of a nuclear weapon," he told Russian diplomats.
Three days later, Medvedev warned Iranian leaders that they did not "live in space" and accused them of exploiting the nuclear standoff with the international community for political ends.
"Iran is an active trade partner of ours. But this does not mean that we are indifferent to how Iran is developing its nuclear programme," Medvedev said at a news conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Ties between Tehran and Moscow deteriorated sharply when Russia backed a fourth set of UN sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme adopted by the Security Council on June 9.
"Russia is a great nation and we are friends and are interested in expanding our friendly relationship, but you should know that the remarks [of Medvedev] are a trailer for the propagandist scenario that the US will stage," Ahmadinejad said.
"This scenario has been kick-started by the Russian president."
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