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US warns Russia against selling missiles to Iran

December 22, 2008

U.S. officials say they want answers from Russia on whether it is selling advanced surface-to-air missiles to Iran. The U.S. insists such a move could threaten American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A senior military intelligence official said Monday the U.S. believes the sale of Russian long-range S-300 missiles is taking place. However, the official said it appears that no equipment has yet been delivered to Iran. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer

Russia’s state arms export agency said Monday it is supplying Iran with defensive weapons, including surface-to-air missiles.

State Department spokesman Robert Wood said the U.S. is seeking clarification from Russia.

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Russia’s state arms export agency said Monday it is supplying Iran with defensive weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, but did not say whether they include sophisticated long-range S-300 missiles.

Iranian media reported Sunday that Russia had begun supplying the S-300s — an action Israel and the United States have aggressively opposed.

Rosoboronexport said in a statement that “only weapons of a defensive nature are being supplied to Iran, including anti-aircraft weaponry.” It added that, previously, Tor-M1 air-defense systems were supplied to Iran.

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Russia: Why So Coy About Missiles? “Protecting Iran’s Nuclear Facilities”

December 22, 2008

Sources in the U.S. and Israel have both told us that Russia’s deployment of A-300 air defense missiles to Iran is an effort to negate any air attack from the U.S. and or Israel.

More specifically, Israeli and U.S. military experts said Russia was preparing to “protect Iran’s nuclear facilities.”

By Paul Herbst
Peace and Freedom

Over this last weekend, several sources in Iran and Russia said the missiles were being moved from Russian warehouses to sites within Iran.  But then suddenly, Monday, Russia said it was not moving A-300s to Iran.

 
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Israel is worried about Iran’s nuclear development effort, the work of Russia and China to block effective U.N. sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program, and the “unknowns” of a new American President.

Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has said for some time that he was developing nuclear technology.  Iran also has a robust long range ballistic missile program.  Iran’s missiles can easily reach Isreal, sources said.

Mr. Ahmadinejad has said “Isrel should be wiped from the map,” and just last week said he would not negotiate with a “Zionist regime.”  Zionist regime is Ahmadinejad code for Israel.

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 Russia starts missile delivery to Iran

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the Natanz uranium ... 
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.(AFP/File/Atta Kenare)

Russia starts missile delivery to Iran

December 21, 2008

Russia has begun delivering S-300 air defense systems to Iran which could help repel any Israeli and U.S. air strikes on its nuclear sites, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

“After few years of talks with Russia … now the S-300 system is being delivered to Iran,” IRNA quoted Email Kosari, deputy head of parliament’s Foreign Affairs and National Security committee, as saying.

 
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Kosari did not say when the deliveries began. Iran’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the report. Russia’s Foreign Ministry also declined comment, saying it may react on Monday.

Reuters

The United States, its European allies and Israel say Iran is seeking to build nuclear arms under the cover of a civilian atomic energy program. Iran denies the charge.

Israel’s insistence that Iran must not be allowed to develop an atomic bomb has fueled speculation that the Jewish state, widely assumed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal, could mount its own pre-emptive strikes.

In October, Russia’s Foreign Ministry denied media speculation that Moscow would sell the medium-range S-300 system, adding Moscow had no intention of selling weapons to “troubled regions.”

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Israel Urges Russia Not to Arm Iran (Further)

December 19, 2008

Amos Gilad, the head of the Defense Ministry’s Diplomatic-Security Bureau, on Friday urged Russia not to sell weapons to Iran that could be used to attack Israel.

By Yaakov Katz
The Jerusalem Post

The Interfax news agency quoted Gilad as saying Israel expects Russia to respect his country’s interests.

Gilad was visiting Moscow and was quoted in response to a question about possible deliveries of the Russian S-300 air defense missiles to Iran.

Some Russian media have claimed that a deal has already been struck to sell the missiles.

A Russian defense official, who was quoted this week as saying that arms sales to Iran created regional stability, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that he had not been referring to the sale of the S-300 system.

The S-300 is one of the most advanced multi-target anti-aircraft-missile systems in the world today and has a reported ability to track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time. It has a range of about 200 kilometers and can hit targets at altitudes of 90,000 feet.

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