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February 18, 2016 4:40 pm

Moscow Denies Delivery of Missile Defense System to Iran, Despite Reports From Tehran

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Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov. Photo: Russapedia.

Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov. Photo: Russapedia.

Russia denied it had delivered part of a missile defense system to Iran on Thursday, the Saudi-owned pan-Arab news outlet Al Arabiya reported.

Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow had yet to set a date for the delivery, because Iran hadn’t paid for the system, called S-300. Peskov’s statement echoed the Russian Defense Ministry’s denial on Wednesday of Iranian media reports that the first S-300 unit would be delivered to Iran on February 18.

The Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile system is considered to be one of the most advanced in the world. It is capable of intercepting and shooting down multiple aircraft and long-range cruise and ballistic missiles.

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  • shloime

    the s-300 is an improvement in iranian capabilities, but it would seem that the idf has already found a way to defeat it, based on the deir ez-zor reactor bombing (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Orchard).

    but the real question is the intent and timing of the announcement. the mullahs may be exaggerating their strength as a deterrent, because they feel that an israeli attack is imminent. this is always dangerous because israel has good intelligence, and may decide to call their bluff.

    another possibility is that they may be trying to precipitate an attack, by implying that there’s now a window of opportunity, which will soon close. an attack now might benefit the mullahs, if it drove a wedge between israel and america (especially before barack hussein obama leaves office). a conventional airstrike might draw the usaf into action to defend iran (and obama’s “precious” agreement) – to see the “great satan” fighting the “little satan” would be a victory for the khomeinites. or a non-conventional attack might be the beginning of their apocalyptic vision (nightmare) of mahdaviat.

    all the more reason for a change of regime in tehran, sooner rather than later.

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