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December 3, 2015 3:48 pm

Russia Starts Shipment of Advanced Air Defense System to Iran

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Russia has started the delivery of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran. Photo: Wikipedia.

Russia has started the delivery of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran. Photo: Wikipedia. – Russia has started the delivery of the advanced S-300 air defense system to Iran, despite American and Israeli objections.

“The contract is in action. They’ve begun,” Russian presidential aide for military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said, the Russian news agency TASS reported.

The S-300 surface-to-air-missile was initially developed under the Soviet Union, and its newer variants are regarded as the most potent anti-aircraft missile systems in the world.

Initially signed in 2007, the $800 million deal between Iran and Russia for the S-300 system was suspended in 2010. But in April, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the suspension after the framework nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 powers. A Russian official in early November, several months after the final nuclear deal was reached, confirmed that the sale was moving forward.

The move comes despite Israeli-Russian military coordination over the Syrian civil war in order to avoid inadvertent clashes such as the recent incident in which a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian fighter jet.

The U.S., Israel, and Saudi Arabia have all opposed the sale of the S-300 system to Iran. Israel and the U.S. fear that the missile defense system could make it more difficult to use the military option against Iran’s nuclear program.

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  • Jonah

    It’s very peculiar that America rejects the sale of the missles by giving Iran 150 billion dollars and the right to construct a nuclear weapon. I mean what do you think Russia is going to do if every time they turn around Obama is arming rebels to attack them and then enforcing economic sanctions against them for defending themselves. Putin does not have to honor affirmative action so Obamas affirmative Teflon will not protect him from the Russians. But Obamas mission in life is to destroy the great Satan and if he has to poke Putin until Putin Is forced to do his dirty work he is about to get his promise. But, God will protect Israel…not so with America…I think God is so sick of the liberals that he has infected their minds with a virus which has them raiseing and army (Isis)within their own borders that will kill them all. And what is the soup of the day for liberals?…..what signs are we going to put on the restrooms after we have our sex change operations?