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Russia Sells Missiles to Iran

http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/05/26/russiatoiran.shtml

Russia to Sell Anti-Aircraft Missiles to Iran

Created: 26.05.2006 13:42 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 13:42 MSK

MosNews

Russian defense minister Sergei Ivanov Friday reiterated Moscow?s commitment to supply Iran with sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles, Interfax news agency reported.

?If there are no extraordinary circumstances, it (the contract) will without doubt be fulfilled,? Ivanov was quoted as saying.

Defense Ministry officials have previously said Moscow would supply 29 sophisticated Tor-M1 air defense missile systems to Iran under a ?546.5m contract, according to Russian media reports.

The move was likely to upset the United States, which last month called on all countries to stop all arms exports to Iran and to end all nuclear cooperation with it to put pressure on Tehran to halt uranium enrichment activities, AP added.

Tehran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but the United States and some of its allies suspect Iran is trying to develop weapons.

[quote]jlesk68 wrote:
http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/05/26/russiatoiran.shtml

Russia to Sell Anti-Aircraft Missiles to Iran

Created: 26.05.2006 13:42 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 13:42 MSK

MosNews

Russian defense minister Sergei Ivanov Friday reiterated Moscow?s commitment to supply Iran with sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles, Interfax news agency reported.

?If there are no extraordinary circumstances, it (the contract) will without doubt be fulfilled,? Ivanov was quoted as saying.

Defense Ministry officials have previously said Moscow would supply 29 sophisticated Tor-M1 air defense missile systems to Iran under a ?546.5m contract, according to Russian media reports.

The move was likely to upset the United States, which last month called on all countries to stop all arms exports to Iran and to end all nuclear cooperation with it to put pressure on Tehran to halt uranium enrichment activities, AP added.

Tehran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but the United States and some of its allies suspect Iran is trying to develop weapons.[/quote]

Russia are desperate for ways to bolster their economy, they probably will take cash off NATO countries to stop them selling them stuff given half a chance.

so Iran doesn’t have the right to defend itself now?

I’m sure the US can either blow them up with standoff weaponry or satellite target them and launch cruise missles.

$500m down the shitter.

That’s assuming there were to be any serious air operations because WMD suppression ordinance couldn’t all be delivered via stealth bombers or cruise missles.

That is a waste of money.

[quote]silencer wrote:
so Iran doesn’t have the right to defend itself now?[/quote]

Sure, but Russia should not be selling to Iran.

[quote]Marmadogg wrote:
Sure, but Russia should not be selling to Iran.
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If it wasn’t illegal I’m sure US companies would be happy to sell weapons to Iran.

I mean, is there a REASON they shouldn’t, other then the fact that WE don’t trust or like Iran?