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Russia will keep ties with "problem states" :Medvedev

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will not sever relations with “problem states” despite international pressure to do so, the Kremlin-backed frontrunner in the Russian presidential campaign, Dmitry Medvedev, said on Tuesday.

“The fact that we do not sever relations with so called ‘problem states’, which sometimes prompt unpleasant emotions in the international community, is our duty,” Medvedev told a meeting of non-governmental groups.

He did not specify, what “problem states” he meant, but he was clearly referring to countries such as Iran and North Korea, with which Russia has active ties, irking the West which favors isolating those states.

Reporting by Denis Dyomkin, writing by Oleg Shchedrov