Despite a ban on arms shipments to Iran under international sanctions, Russia appears willing to proceed with the sale of advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles to the country — in a development triggering objections from the Obama administration.
“We have long expressed our concerns over reports of the possible sale of this missile system to the Iranians,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told Fox News.
Russia, along with the U.S. and others, was a party to the recently struck Iran nuclear agreement, which keeps the arms embargo in place for five more years. A State Department official told Fox News this specific S-300 missile system is not technically prohibited under United Nations sanctions or the nuclear deal. But the department does not want the sale to proceed.
“We certainly object to it,” department spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
Reuters first reported that Iran plans to sign the contract for four of the S-300 Russian missiles as soon as next week.
“The text of the contract is ready and our friends will go to Russia next week to sign the contract,” Iran Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan reportedly said.
When asked to characterize the capability of Russia’s S-300 air defense system, a U.S. defense official with knowledge of Russia’s weapons systems told Fox News, “This is a very capable weapons system that can bring down U.S. or Israeli jet aircraft.” …..
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I can’t help but think back to the days of Bush Jr. being in office. While we can’t characterize the Bush/Putin relationship as friendly, it was cordial. And, it seemed both had a mutual respect and understanding of each other.
Today, Russia doesn’t give a damn about what team Obama wants or objects to. Zero is a punk and Putin knows it. This is what you get when you elect a leftard ….. TWICE! The perception is that the American people are as weak as the leader they elected twice.
While team Zero is obsessed with driving God fearing warriors out of our military, and putting women in our Rangers outfit, Russia seems to be expanding it’s sphere of influence.
The worse part of this is there’s absolutely no reason for all of this. Russia doesn’t have to be our antagonists. And, they weren’t for a couple of decades. We don’t have competitive interests! Indeed, we should have many common interests! The prime being to save Europe from itself! We both really need Europe to not devolve into a bunch of second world nations being ran by a bunch of radical Muslim lunatics. Russia needs that more than the US, but, it’s really in our interests if Europe doesn’t.
Instead, we have Russia emboldening and encouraging radical lunatics to poke team Zero in the eye.
Damn!!!! I hate demonstrated weakness!!!!!