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Russia Heats Up Cold War with Sale of Iran S-300 Missiles (Video)

Iran for years has been trying to get Russia’s advanced S-300 missile system that can down commercial airplanes. Putin, feeling his oats after leading Obama by the nose, is ready to supply the goods.
Russia is ready to complete a long-delayed sale to Iran of the sophisticated S-300 missile system that can intercept ballistic missiles and down airplanes.

Russia is ready to complete a long-delayed sale to Iran of the sophisticated S-300 missile system that can intercept ballistic missiles and down airplanes.

Russian media reported Wednesday that Moscow now is ready to go through a long-promised deal to supply the Iranian regime with advanced S-300 missiles that can shoot down ballistic missiles and commercial airplanes from a distance of up to 120 miles.

It is one of most lethal, if not the most lethal, anti-aircraft system in the world. Iran signed a purchase deal in 2007  for five S-300 missile batteries, but the sale was frozen three years ago when the U.N. Security Council slapped sanctions on Tehran..

Russia got around the embargo in its sale of the S-300 to Syria by claiming the weapons were for defense, and presumably that will be the excuse to sell them to Iran.

Just in case the international sanctions get in the way of the sale, Russia has come up with an alternative that might be just as useful for Iran and which does not fall under the sanctions. It would sell Iran the  Antei-2500, AKA S-300VM, or SA-23 Gladiato, according to the Russian Kommersant Daily.

The Antei-2500 was specifically tailored for the needs of ground forces, which could also be an advantage for Iran, known for its large land force,” the Iranian government-controlled Fars News Agency stated.

Kommersant said Iran has asked it to fulfill its promise to complete the S-300 missile sale, and Russia has thrown in an extra goodie by agreeing to build a second nuclear reactor in Bushehr, just what the United States and Israel don’t need.

The Russian and Chinese appetite for money has driven it to become huge weapons suppliers to Iran and Syria, giving them the lever to counter Western influence. The missile sale to Iran will add approximately $700 million to the Kremlin coffers.

Besides the financial angel, Putin is doing his best to establish Russia as the most powerful influence in the Middle East, at the expense of President Barack Obama. Moscow and Beijing have consistently thrown up barriers to American-led efforts to place sanctions on Iran and Syria.

Iran more than welcomes Moscow in its campaign to rid the world of American influence that goes against fundamentalist Muslim regime policies, such as the deprival of human rights..

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said earlier this week that Russia should complete the 2005 deal and supply Iran with S-300 missiles and “should believe themselves and don’t follow the US so much,”  Fars reported Wednesday.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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12 Responses to “Russia Heats Up Cold War with Sale of Iran S-300 Missiles (Video)”

  1. Edward Klug says:

    Start of a multi year war
    Will not end well

  2. Edward Klug says:

    Start of a multi year war
    Will not end well

  3. Celisa Seidel says:

    hmmm. Obama failed to mention this tidbit in his speech last night.

  4. This is a perfect time for a huge strike on Iran the minute Syria eliminates its chemwar mat’ls.

  5. This is a perfect time for a huge strike on Iran the minute Syria eliminates its chemwar mat’ls.

  6. Shemayah Shiloh Phillips says:

    This is a perfect time for a huge strike on Iran the minute Syria eliminates its chemwar mat’ls.

  7. We 'trust' POTUS Obama at our own peril

  8. Anonymous says:

    Iran now with S-300 missiles, thanks to the traitor James Earl Carter.

  9. nida41 says:

    The NCRI is comprised of 25 committees that act as shadow ministries. The committees are responsible for expert research and planning for future Iran. <a href=”http://www.ncr-iran.org/en”>Iran News</a> – Latest Updates and Breaking News from Iran

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