Russia Moves Forward on Defense Missiles, Nuclear Plants for Iran

Sanctions No Obstacle to Either, Insists Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced today that they are in new talks with Iran on construction of additional nuclear power plants in the nation, and that they may still deliver the S-300 Missile Defense System to Iran, though no date was given for this delivery.

The comments came on the heels of a State Department statement praising Russia for not delivering the S-300 yet, though Russia insists they are not obliged under the sanctions to avoid doing so.

The S-300 systems are purely defensive in nature, but would make a prospective Israeli attack against Iran considerably more difficult. Israel has repeatedly pressured Russia not to deliver the system to Iran.

The Iran sanctions banned certain missile sales to Iran, but it appears to have been limited to mobile offensive missiles. The State Department urged Russia to exercise “restraint” in continuing to delay the delivery.

Author: Jason Ditz

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