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.
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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