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IRAN: Russia backtracks on S-300 missile systems for Tehran


After a mysterious delay and a public challenge by Tehran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov appeared to backtrack on Russia's pledge to supply S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran, telling  Moscow's official state news agency on Wednesday that Russia "has never taken actions that could cause the destabilization of certain regions."

"There are issues that need to be resolved before [the contract] is executed," he said, referring to a deal that was signed in 2005. "We hope that all countries supplying arms, and not only defensive ones but also those that are killing our peacekeepers, will treat this issue in the same way."

Russia has been under pressure by the U.S. and Israel not to sell weapons to Iran, which has been accused of supplying arms to militant groups abroad as well as posing an existential threat to Israel with its nuclear program.

The S-300 system is capable of hitting aircraft up to 90 miles away and tracking 100 targets at a time, and could be used in case of an Israeli air attack on Iranian nuclear sites.

But last week, Russia announced it would delay the shipment due to "technical problems" just one day after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow.

Lavrov's latest comments suggest Russia is considering canceling the contract altogether rather than be seen as supplying weapons to Iran as the world powers contemplate stricter sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The Iranians are losing patience and have begun to lash out at Russia in the press.

On Feb. 21, the reformist Iranian newspaper Ettemad ran a report under the headline "Russia's contradictory remarks on delivery of S-300 to Iran," in which the paper accused Russia of delaying the delivery for political reasons.

"We are not a nation to sit with fingers crossed if Russia fails to meet its obligations," Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Parliament's Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, was quoted as saying Wednesday.

"We will resolve our problem by mastering the technology to produce S-300 missiles," he told the Mehr news agency

The Russian-Iranian missile stalemate comes on the heels of a controversy over Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system, which critics say is ineffective and costly.

--Meris Lutz in Beirut

Photo: Russian S-300 missiles can hit aircraft up to 90 miles away. Credit: AFP

Comments () | Archives (4)

western military expert claim that new iranian jet is just copy of F5 not as powerful as F18 Hornet.they also claim that iran cannot produce similar S-300 system.does anybody have any idea about this how reliable this information is?i wish if iran had S-400 and sukoi 35 jet.

from pakistan

hello russia

im an iranian and want say to you please let it
give the iran not bombs not respekt and nothing
or you want war with the iranian people
because we want the mollah regime
and you and all nations in this world musst to akcept the iranian people we re to in this world and we know shore wat you want and other nations from my iran
dont vorget this words

The first generation of the S-300 missiles were delivered to Iran over 2 years ago and they are in place. The new generation of these missiles are in the pipe and without them Russia will not be able to finish the Busher nuclear facilities. Any failure in the Russian side will have severe consequences for them in dealing with Iran in other level such a the Caspian Sea oil and gas exploration and the Pars gas field contracts to supply EU and reduce EU dependence solely on Russian gas.
Iran signed military cooperation and development and strategic cooperation pack with Russia when Puten visited Iran, which help Russia with her souther boarder. Any failure on the Russian side will meat a sever reaction from Iran and will be very costly and dis-stabilizing for the Russkies.

Oh christ.... make up your mind you commie bastards..!


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