posted on Jan, 24 2007 @ 06:42 PM
This means that Iran wants to buy defensive weapons, and Russia is one of the countries willing to make a profit on it. This has little to do about
choosing sides, and is mostly about money and possibly upsetting US' plans in Mid East.
The deal is nothing new, as the sale agreement for these very missiles was signed on December 3, 2005.
The Tor M1 ('Gauntlet') SAM (surface-to-air) missiles are sophisticated, but they are not new, and only offer low range protection- 20 kilometers
maximum (6km altitude), as opposed to 400+ km for S-400- and can pose no threat to US forces in Iraq.
Furthermore Iran also has a deal to receive 'Kolchuga' early warning radar systems from no other than Ukraine, which is a new US "ally". So I
wouldn't jump to conclusions that Russia is choosing to side or ally with Iran, it seems to mostly be about the money.
Politically Russia is not too friendly with Iran, but it also isn't interested in Iran being invaded, because it would give US access to the Caspian
Sea. So the current stalemate regarding US and Iran is what Russia wants, and defensive weapons would insure that it continues for a longer time.