Russia to Iran: No Sale on S-300 Missiles

Posted: October 7, 2010 in Uncategorized
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If there isn’t anything more to the story than what’s been reported by Space Daily, the Russians deserve a hat tip for enhancing global security.

Russia is reimbursing Iran for its downpayments on a deal for advanced S-300 ground-to-air missiles which Moscow halted in the face of tough new UN sanctions, Russian Technologies chief Sergei Chemezov told reporters on Thursday.

While there may have been some serious “reset wrestling” behind the scenes to get this to happen, it’s a none-the-less impressive accomplishment for…for whoever made it happen.

Last month in New York, RIA Novosti quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov as telling Russian reporters:

“We did not add anything to the list (of banned items), but on every point there we will have no further military cooperation with Iran. However, there are other forms (of military cooperation still allowed),”

Of course, these ‘other forms of military cooperation’ gives Russia a lever of indeterminate strength to push back on Israeli and/or U.S pressure and leaves the door open for possible future course changes.

  1. […] approximately $800 million worth of S-300 ground-to-air missiles.  The deal has subsequently been canx’d, attributed to the Iranian sanctions.  What’s Iran to do?  […]

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