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Voicing extreme concern over Russia's recent sale of advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, senior diplomatic and defense officials warned Moscow Tuesday that the deal could have serious security implications that would even "get back to Russia."
Senior officials in Jerusalem said they "were not pleased" with the sale of the anti-aircraft missiles, but that Russia was a sovereign country and they could not intervene. They did, however, issue a warning: "We hope they understand that this is a threat that could come back to them as well."
Earlier Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Moscow had sent air defense missiles to Teheran, the first high-level confirmation that their delivery took place despite US complaints. Ivanov did not specify how many missile systems had been delivered.
Russian media have reported previously that Moscow had conducted talks on selling even more powerful long-range S-300 air defense missiles to Teheran, but Russian officials have denied that. Moscow already has a $1 billion contract to build the Bushehr nuclear power plant, Iran's first.
Originally posted by Bhadhidar
Consider, if Israel, as it has vorciforously claimed in the past, has No Intention of Conducting Air Strikes Against Iran, then why would they now be so concerned about Russia selling Air Defense Systems to Iran?
U.S. intelligence sources confirmed for NewsMax.com that the Chinese Army has deployed dozens of the deadly new air defense missiles directly opposite Taiwan within the past few days.
"The S-300PMU is simply a highly effective fast SAM (surface-to-air missile) that is very hard to jam and stop," stated Richard Fisher, a senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation.
"The PLA is now placing their S-300s in bases along the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan has little defense against this effective SAM and even lacks stand-off weapons like the HARM anti-radar missile to counter the S-300. In 2001 Taiwan has little choice but to sacrifice many aircraft to take out these SAM sites in order to avoid having to cede half the Strait in the event of an air battle."
Originally posted by Bhadhidar
And further, not only does Israel feel threatened by Iran being enabled to provide for its own defense, against potential attackers Other Than Israel!; but goes even to the extent of issueing "veiled" threats against the Russians supplying those Defensive systems?
Transfer to Iran
To make matters worse, Pentagon officials quietly confirmed that Russia has also sold S-300 missiles to Iran.
According to defense intelligence officials, joint Russian/Iranian crews currently man two S-300 units just outside of Tehran and Iranian Army soldiers are now undergoing operational training on the advanced missile system in Moscow.
The Russian missile sale to Iran may alter the defense equation as viewed by the Pentagon and the oil rich Persian Gulf.
There is no question the S-300 missile is a threat to the air forces of U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Japan, and Taiwan. None are equipped with aircraft that can counter the new Russian missile.
Russia sent messages to Israel through U.S. intermediaries recently, voicing opposition to a possible military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.
The newspaper claims that while Israel and Russia have good relations and a direct line of communications, the Russians chose to use the U.S. to deliver this message of military restraint out of a belief that Jerusalem pays closer attention to messages from Washington.
According to assessments reaching Jerusalem, while the Russians don’t want to see Iran get the bomb, they believe this may still be a decade away and that in the meantime diplomatic efforts might succeed in keeping Tehran from reaching that point. Moscow is concerned any military conflagration would eventually spill over the Russian-Iranian border into the Caucasus, Central Asia and even Chechnya, and be detrimental to Russian interests.