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France called on Russia yesterday not to complete the sale of advanced air defense missiles to Iran
France's statement was made in view of a similar Israeli request made earlier, and probably repeated by Netanyahu during his Moscow visit. A spokesperson for the French Foreign Ministry told reporters that France is in regular contact with Russia and has expressed concern about the export of such a weapons system to Iran, which Paris believes would undermine stability in the Middle East.
The French diplomat stressed the fact that United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1747 and 1737 call on the international community to avoid the sale of arms to Iran, either directly or indirectly.
As far as France is concerned, the diplomat said, there is an absolute embargo on the sale of arms to Iran.
The French message to Russia is the second time in two weeks that Paris has backed Israel on Iran.
The Israeli reports said Netanyahu was joined by his military secretary, Maj. Gen. Meir Kalifi, and national security adviser Uzi Arad.
The U.S. and Israel are preparing a joint defense exercise for October. The U.S. may leave a missile defense system there
The Israeli Air Force's Air Defense Division will hold a joint drill, called Juniper Cobra, with the US Military's European Command (EUCOM) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) next month in what is being described as the largest joint exercise ever held by the two countries, during which they will jointly test three different ballistic missile defense systems.