Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has backed Iran's criticism of the West's handling of Arab Spring revolutions.

“Indeed, as you said those arrogant world powers supported the old regimes in North Africa but, curiously, they also supported the revolutions that toppled those regimes,” said Mr. Putin at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in St. Petersburg on Monday.

“This world is a strange place, but interesting,” quipped Mr. Putin.

At the meeting earlier, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said the Arab revolutions were the result of “the support the arrogant world powers extended to the anti-people regimes”.

After NATO launched its military campaign in Libya, Mr. Putin famously condemned it as “foreign invasion” against a sovereign state that reminded him of “medieval crusades”.

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