Iran, Russia, and S-300s
Last week we blogged that Iran was losing patience over Russia dragging its feet about the S-300 missile sales deal. The rogue state is holding Russia to their arms agreement, but the former Soviet Union has yet to deliver. Iran threatened legal action if Russia continues to hold out. (Source)
Iran’s Brigadier General Mohammad Hassan Mansourian said, “The Russians, surely under the pressure of the Zionist lobby and America, refuse to fulfill their commitments. And because this is an official agreement it can be pursued through international legal bodies.”
The country denied the agreement, but the truth came out. Why is Russia hedging now? The U.S and Israel believe Iran will use the S-300s to protect its nuclear facilities, which Iran denies, and Russia has refused to issue tougher sanctions against Iran. Reuters reports that Russia also is reluctant to help Iran build a nuclear power plant, blaming the hold-up on technical issues.
Russia may or may not be using Iran and other Islamic countries as a “pawn” to manipulate the U.S., but who knows where the truth lies?