— RT (@RT_com) April 13, 2015
If the Iran nuclear deal goes forward, and does not get sidelined by the impending vote in the US Congress, then the S-300 sale is a non issue for the United States.
Israel of course will cry foul, but unless Netanyahu was planning to attack Iran, then there is nothing to complain about for Israel as well.
In truth, this is not at all a surprise as both the US and Israel were properly briefed and prepared for the deal to take place.
Let’s just hope that the crazy neocons in Washington don’t go off and do something very stupid to aggravate Russia and Iran.
It’s a done deal, with some technical issues only left to be clarified, deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov told RIA Novosti.
“As things stand now, this topic is closed. We have reached full understanding on the matter together with our Iranian partners. The question has been fundamentally solved. The rest is just technical details,” Bogdanov, who is also a special presidential representative for the Middle East and Africa, stated on Wednesday.
Russia will supply Iran with the S-300 system later this year. A high-ranking source in the Russian Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti that the exact number of missile systems has been written down in an already agreed contract.
“There will be as many as mentioned in the contract,” he added, responding to the question whether Russia will really supply Iran with four S-300 divisions instead of three, as the Sputnik agency previously reported, citing a source in the Iranian Ministry of Defense.
In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin repealed the ban (introduced by former President Dmitry Medvedev in 2010) prohibiting the delivery of S-300 missile air defense systems to Iran. Commenting on the decision, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said that Moscow’s voluntary embargo on S-300 deliveries was no longer necessary due to the progress in nuclear talks reached in Lausanne.
— RT (@RT_com) April 18, 2015
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