dinsdag 23 december 2008

Levert Rusland S-300 luchtafweer raketten aan Iran?

Iemand liegt hier, Rusland of Iran.

Russians repeatedly claimed they weren't selling the S-300 system to Iran. That's a new one, Russians lying, right?
For example, here's the latest one:
Russia denies supplying Iran with missiles capable of repelling Israeli air strike
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent and News Agencies
Last update - 23:13  21/12/2008

Russia reassured Israel on Sunday that it stands by its commitment not to supply Iran with advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles despite an Iranian lawmaker's statement that the system "is being delivered to Iran."

"You will be the first to know about any progress or change in the matter of the missiles," Pyotr Stegny, the Russian ambassador to Israel, told top Israeli officials.

Stegny said Russia was not planning to advance the missile deal and had not yet begun to deliver the missiles. "We are adhering to the agreements we reached during Prime Minister Olmert's visit to Moscow."
"was not planning to advance the missile deal and had not yet begun to deliver the missiles"
Think about that one...
Iran to take delivery of S-300 air defense system soon
Tehran, Sunday December 21, 2008, IRNA - Iran news agency

Deputy Chairman of Parliamentary Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy said on Sunday that Iran will take delivery of S-300 air defense system from Russia soon.

Esmaeil Kosari told IRNA that Iran and Russia have held negotiations for several years on purchase of S-300 air defense system and have finalized a deal.

He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran will deploy the S-300 air defence system to strengthen national defense on border areas.

S-300 is Russian long range surface-to-air missile system.

Referring to Israel's negative reaction to Tehran-Moscow agreement, the MP said that "Israel is trying to create obstacle to Iran's progress."

"But the independent countries including Iran have national sovereignty and they make decision on their ties with other states," he added.

"In addition, Israelis are not able to damage Iran-Russia friendly relations," Kosari added.

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