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Amid bitter squabbles over Iran's quest for acquiring the advanced S-300 air defense system, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov says no such missile has so far been delivered to Iran.
In reaction to Israeli rhetoric against Tehran, Iran has opted to acquire the sophisticated S-300 defense system — which, according to Western experts, would rule out the possibility of an Israeli airstrike on Iranian nuclear sites.
While a deal has been negotiated between Tehran and Moscow over the S-300 system since 2007, neither side has so far issued an official confirmation on the delivery
In a statement, the White House said Jones was invited by his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev. Jones will also meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other Russian officials.
The statement said Jones would discuss other "bilateral issues" with the Russian government without elaborating which ones.
But one of those unmentioned is certainly more pressing than others.
Strategists say that President Barack Obama's decision to scrap a controversial missile shield for Eastern Europe has mollified Russia, and could open the door for cooperation against common nuclear threats.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
Hmmm, I wonder what possible thing Russia could have wanted.
Multilateralists may answer that Russia will ultimately come around because it cannot possibly want a nuclear Iran on its doorstep.
There are two answers to that. One, Russia may dismiss Iran's technological prowess and think the Iranians will never come around to master the required science to build a bomb -- it may be a wrong assessment but one that fits views of the non-Slavic world that hold purchase in certain Russian policy-making circles. The Russians may also think that in any case, sooner or later, Israel or the U.S. (or both) will attack and destroy the Iranian program. So why be seen as hostile in Tehran? They'll be free riders, benefiting from the attack politically (no nukes on their borders) and economically (Russian contractors will clear the rubble and rebuild the damaged infrastructure).
Originally posted by maloy
It is not the presence of the S-300 that would have deterred US or Israel from attacking Iran. Deterrence is in the fact that Iran is a large country with a population of about 70 million, and considerable resources. Iran can turn around and flood Iraq/Afghanistan with insurgents, even if US manages to destroy much of its military.
That being said, I would not be surprised if this news about scrapped deal are true.
A senior Iranian lawmaker warns that any attempt by Moscow to back down on a deal to the deliver S-300 air defense system to Iran 'would run counter to Russia's interests'.
"The S-300 case, which is an old case, marks a new chapter in Russia's failure to keep its end of the deal," Iran's Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Chief Alaeddin Boroujerdi told reporters on Sunday.
Boroujerdi was referring to a contract signed between the Tehran government and the Kremlin in 2007.
"Given the extensive bilateral cooperation between the two countries, it would run counter to Russia's interests if negotiations fail to bear fruit in this matter," the influential lawmaker added.