Russia Missiles Deal with Iran Draws Criticism from Israel and U.S.

Russia’s move of lifting a ban on the sales of missiles to Iran drew big objections from Israel and the U.S. Israel called Russia’s move a direct result of recently held nuclear talks.

On Monday, Vladimir Putin the President of Russia lifted a ban of five years on the delivery of an S-300 air defense system. That would bolster significantly Iran’s military capability by providing a much stronger deterrent against all air attacks.

John Kerry the U.S. Secretary of State and the White House raised concerns over that move. Kerry spoke directly with Sergei Lavrov his Russian counterpart.

A spokesperson from the State Department told reporters later that the U.S. certainly made its concerns known over the sale of the defense system to Iran.

The spokesperson said it was not constructive for Russia at the point to move ahead with the sale. The White House believes that Iran’s action to destabilize the region in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen does not make this a time to be selling those types of goods.

Yuval Steinitz a Cabinet minister in Israel criticized the nuclear agreement framework that six world powers and Iran agreed to that clears the way for Russia to act now.

Steinitz said that this was a direct result from the legitimacy Iran obtained from the new nuclear deal. Instead of demanding that Iran cease its terror activities, which is spread across the Middle East, it is allowed to rearm itself with weapons that are more advanced, which will only increase their aggression.

The missile system has a range of 125 miles, is capable of tracking down and striking multiple tracks at the same time. It is one of the strong air defense weapons across the globe.

Russia signed a contract for $800 million to sell the S-300 missile system to Iran back in 2007, but then suspended its delivery in 2010 due to strong objections from Israel and the U.S.

Iran responded to Russia’s ban by filing suit with a Geneva court seeking damages of $4 billion for the breach of a contract by Russia.


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