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Putin Has Rejected Iran’s S-400 Missile Request Over Soaring Gulf Tensions

Via Zerohedge


Bloomberg reports that Russia’s President Putin has rejected a controversial Iranian request to buy S-400 missile defense systemson the basis of current soaring tensions between Tehran and Washington following accusations of “sabotage” attacks on oil tankers and a pipeline in the gulf region.

The breaking report cites a senior Russian official and other unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter:

The request was rebuffed by President Vladimir Putin, the people said on condition of anonymity because they’re not authorized to discuss the matter. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Moscow May 7.

Apparently Russia is not willing to risk yet more tensions with the US and possible further punitive measures as it’s in a growing “new Cold War” of sorts on a number of other global fronts, including in Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, the collapsing INF treaty, defense sales to Turkey, and lately facing fresh accusations of conducting “low-yield nuke tests” in the Arctic.

Neither side has yet confirmed the Bloomberg report; however, Russia has lately sought to assure both Israel and the West that it’s taking strides to prevent Iranian expansion inside Syria in order to calm and stabilize the international proxy war there.

At this delicate time, when Syrian and Russian airstrikes are ramping up over Idlib province, Russia transferring S-400’s to Iran would likely prove disastrous in terms of re-igniting a great power confrontation and conflict in the region. No doubt Moscow doesn’t want to upset an already fragile balance, and further needs Turkey by its side related to Idlib.

Transfer of the S-400, which has a defense range of up to 400 kilometers, would also likely heighten an established pattern of Israeli military intervention against Iranian assets in Syria and Lebanon.

Last year Moscow announced it would transfer S-300 missiles to Syria after a Russian reconnaissance plane was mistakenly shot down during the confusion of an massive Israeli attack. The reputedly very accurate S-300 anti-air system reportedly went live in February, with Syrian personnel continuing to undergo training on the systems. That bold maneuver by Moscow also came under condemnation of the US and its allies.

Both Russia and Turkey are currently facing US pressures to abandon an agreed upon purchase of the deadly S-400 by Ankara, which has brought the threat of US sanctions against Turkey, as well as held up a prior F-35 stealth fighter deal as Congress has blocked further deliveries of the Lockheed Martin produced jet.

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BobValdez
BobValdez
May 31, 2019

No such report has been confirmed by the Kremlin. Check your sources BEFORE posting garbage.

Michael K
Michael K
Reply to  BobValdez
June 1, 2019

Quoting from the article- “Neither side has yet confirmed the Bloomberg report…”

Dan Kuhn
Reply to  BobValdez
June 1, 2019

I hope you are right read my previous post.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  BobValdez
June 1, 2019

Well, it might be true. Iran could be getting the S-600 instead. 🙂

William H Warrick III MD.
William H Warrick III MD.
May 31, 2019

Tyler Durden is spreading a false story. Peskov said so today.

pogohere
pogohere
Reply to  William H Warrick III MD.
June 1, 2019

“Moscow BREAKS SILENCE on Claim of Russia’s Alleged Refusal to Sell S-400 to Iran”

5-31-19

On Thursday, Bloomberg published a report, citing its sources, which says that Russia has rejected a request from Iran to buy S-400 missile defence systems amid concerns that the move would deteriorate the situation in the Middle East.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday he did not have information that Russia had allegedly refused to supply S-400 air defence systems to Iran.

https://sputniknews.com/russia/201905311075507877-russia-kremlin-iran/

Olivia Kroth
June 1, 2019

I find Bloomberg a dubious source, regarding Russia and Iran. No such reports are given either by TASS or Iranian PRESS TV. I wonder why the Duran uses Bloomberg or other western mainstream media which have been proven to be notorious liars, spreading fake news.

Dan Kuhn
June 1, 2019

If this is true then I am disgusted with Russia and Putin. I have been a lifelong fan of Russia in their struggle to remain free of Western domination . But this is just plain cowardly. Mr. Putin do not become a fairweather friend. Iran needs all the help it can get. It is not the villain in this dust up. Oh and do you think that this move will endear you to the NeoCons in the US Government? Have you learned nothing at all about dealing with this rogue nation? Stick with your friends Mr. Putin through good and… Read more »

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Dan Kuhn
June 1, 2019

Remember the time when MSM reported that Putin was pulling troops and equipment and other support out of Syria? It didn’t happen.

Tjoe
Tjoe
June 2, 2019

Russia should be putting nukes in Iran….even things up a bit.

The alleged attack on tankers in the Gulf

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