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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Russia wanted drone technology in exchange for cancelling S-300 sale to Iran

Russia tried to trade the cancellation of the sale to Iran of the S-300 anti-missile defense system for access to Israeli technology on unmanned aerial vehicles.
A billion dollars and the cancelation of a missile deal with Iran – these were the things Russia promised Israel in return for advanced technology on drones, according to a secret cable leaked by WikiLeaks.

Under-Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher, whose name is signed on the cable, got the information from Amos Gilad, the head of the Defense Ministry's Policy and Political-Military Affairs, in 2009. The cable was sent a year before the Kremlin announced the deal would be annulled.

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