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Friday, December 28, 2007

Russia denies selling S-300's to Iran

Just yesterday I reported that Russia was going to sell its most advanced anti-aircraft missile - the S-300 - to Iran. The Russians had even confirmed the report. Now, they're denying it.
But the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service denied the claim in a brief statement.

"The question of deliveries of S-300 systems to Iran, which has now arisen in the mass media, is not currently taking place, is not being considered and is not being discussed at this time with the Iranian side," said the agency, known by its Russian initials, FSVTS.
They also condemned Benazir Bhutto's assassination, which is kind of hypocritical given that Iran was vehemently opposed to what the Post describes as Bhutto's interest in thawing Pakistan's relations with Israel.

Israel Radio reported that Russia really was going to sell S-300's to Iran, but once the Iranian Defense Minister spilled the beans, they were forced to back off by the US and the Europeans. That sounds plausible to me.


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