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Bibi calls Putin about Iran rockets

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Israeli Prime Minister spoke to Russian President Tuesday, according to Bibi’s media advisor. Bibi expressed Israel's grave concerns regarding the decision to sell S-300 missile systems to Iran. Read on to find out what the S-300 does and how it could impact on the stability of the ME. And, why Israel is blaming the “dangerous deal on the table between Iran and the P5+1.”
by ANT KATZ | Apr 15, 2015

In their phone conversation, Netanyahu warned Putin that this sale will only encourage Iranian aggression in the region and further undermine the stability of the Middle East.

Iran - s300 homeAfter the call yesterday, Netanyahu issued the following short statement: "This sale of advanced weaponry to Iran is the direct result of the dangerous deal on the table between Iran and the P5+1. Can anyone still seriously claim that the deal with Iran will enhance security in the Middle East?"

Israel is not alone in their condemnation of the Kremlin’s decision to lift the ban on delivery of the S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran – which has also been severely criticized by the US.

The WALL STREET JOURNAL reported Tuesday that an Iranian official had said he expects delivery of the sophisticated Russian S-300 missile system before the end of this year.

But, while the senior Iranian official said he believed his country would receive a powerful air-defence system from Russia as early as this year, Russian officials suggested the delivery could take longer, as divisions over lifting sanctions on Iran in exchange for a nuclear deal still persisted.


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Russia has used Iran’s desire to buy S-300 defensive ground-to-air missile systems as a bargaining chip in negotiations over the dismantlement of the Iranian nuclear program for years.

But with nuclear talks due to resume on 21 April, and aiming for a final deal by June 30, the Kremlin moved on Monday to lift its self-imposed ban on delivering such systems to Iran.

That signalled a new era of potential defence cooperation between the two countries and showed the thorny issues the US could face as sanctions on Tehran are lifted.

Supreme Security Council wants it this year

“I think [the S-300] will be delivered this year,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, told the Interfax news agency Tuesday in Moscow, where he was participating in a meeting for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

“The elimination of this issue will foster further development of our bilateral relations,” he said.

Russian officials, however, were more vague about the time-frame. Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said any delivery would take “some time,” citing a minimum of six months on any order. “It depends on our producers,” he said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he couldn’t name a specific date.

Adding voices to objections

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier added his voice Tuesday to those of critics in the US and Israel over Russia’s decision. But he also urged opponents to the Iran nuclear deal in the US Congress to give the negotiations a chance to reach a conclusion.

 “We are now in the middle of a process, and I have said this in the direction of some US senators not to try to prevent further negotiations for no reason,” Steinmeier said ahead of a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations in Germany. “But I also say it’s too early now to hand out rewards.”

Meanwhile, the powerful US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved legislation Tuesday requiring President Barack Obama to send any final nuclear deal with Iran to Congress for review, after adjusting the bill to make it more palatable to many Democrats.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the compromise measure appeared to address many of the president’s concerns and that Obama would be willing to sign it.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif reiterated on Tuesday that Iran won’t accept a final deal that doesn’t involve lifting sanctions immediately, rather than in stages as foreseen in the 2 April framework agreement.

However, said Zarif, the parties also “need an understanding that sanctions and agreement don’t go together.” 

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The Russian S-300 ground-to-air missile system at a glance

2 Comments

  1. 2 nat cheiman 15 Apr
    The Persians are going to duck and dive to wriggle out of the obligations if a deal is struck. 

    Sorry, Nat, we removed your last two statements - [email protected]


  2. 1 Denis Solomons 17 Apr
    I am sure that if Iran had nuclear capabilities ,Israel would be in the firing line.
    So Bibis concerns are justified !

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