Skip to comments.Russia may sell S-300 missiles to Venezuela, instead of Iran
Posted on 10/16/2010 1:15:48 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Russia's S-300 air defense systems, which Moscow refused to deliver to Iran following a new round of UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic, could be sold to Venezuela instead, a Russian arms trade expert said on Friday.
Russia signed a deal to deliver five battalions of S-300PMU-1 air defense systems to Iran in 2007 but banned the sale in September, saying the systems, along with a number of other weapons, were covered by the fourth round of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council against Iran over its nuclear program in June.
"Russia is looking for a buyer of five battalions of S-300PMU-1 air defense systems ordered by Iran, which are worth $800 million, and Venezuela could become such a buyer," said Igor Korotchenko, head of a Moscow-based think tank on the international arms trade.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is currently on a visit to Russia, earlier said his country was interested in buying different types of Russian-made air defense systems to create a multilayered air defense network.
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Oh, great, here we go, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Part II. Sheesh, where’s Curtis Lemay when you really need him?
ON THE INTERNET:
“Russia to ship 35 tanks to Venezuela soon”
English.news.cn 2010-10-16 04:15:56
MOSCOW, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) —
SNIPPET: “During Chavez’s visit to Russia that started Thursday, a total of 10 agreements have been signed between the two countries, including one on building nuclear power plant in Venezuela.
Chavez’s visit to Russia was part of his international tour that would also take him to Belarus, Ukraine and Iran.”
stepping back in time...
NOTE The following blog entry is a quote:
Venezuelan Ambassador to Iran: Chavez, Ahmadinejad Are The New World Leaders
Venezuelan Ambassador to Iran David Velasquez has said that the Venezuela’s and Iran’s establishment of a refinery in Syria is part of the close Iran-Venezuela energy cooperation, and said that his country was willing to sell Iran up to 20,000 barrels of refined oil daily at market prices.
He said that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were the new world leaders.
The Ahwazi-Sunni opposition organization in Iran stated that Iran had set up a committee headed by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander Mohammad Ali Jafari that was acting secretly, via straw companies, to secure supplies of petroleum distillates that would be needed by the IRGC and the Basij in time of war. He added that secret storage depots for the fuel had already been set up.
Sources: Mehr, Iran, August 16, 2010; Al-Siyassa, Kuwait, August 15, 2010; Inn.ir, Iran, August 14, 2010
A Look at Iran
Venezuela being an Iran proxy/ ally . Hugo likes.
Any bets that Hugo passes them on to Iran?
A way for Russia to not supply Iran yet supply Iran...
That’s certainly a possibility, DJ. But that’s a long, circuitous route. It would be a shame if anything were to happen to them enroute, eh?
Oh yea, memories of the good ole days and SAC. B-52s flying around the clock with big bombs. Hell, I would settle for Maj. "King" Kong right about now.
What, Venezuela is worried about an attack by Paraguay?
Take out the Castros, Chavez, Correa and may be Morelas though he is really dumb and just a follower and the Americas would be a much better place!
I see this as almost benign, except that Chavez is a threat to his neighbors. To me, this is a cargo cult mentality. The S-300s will be parade ground props, for the most part.
Unless those systems are kept in AirCon storage they tend to rot in the tropics after 24 to 36 months. Likewise with almost all Russian made military equipment.
Obama, Chavez shake hands at Americas Summit:
From the Russian News and Information Agency:
July 27, 2006
"'I am determined to expand relations with Russia,' Chavez, known as an outspoken critic of what he calls the United States' unilateralism, told the Russian leader, adding that his determination stemmed from their shared vision of the global order.":
We are creating a new world, a balanced world. A new world order, a multipolar world, Chavez told reporters during a visit to Communist China, one of many. His new world order includes [RUSSIA], China, Iran,... and a significantly weakened United States, he explained.
Resurgent Communism in Latin America
by Alex Newman, March 16, 2010:
Russia's Medvedev hails "comrade" Obama
Associated Foreign Press (AFP) ^ | April 2, 2009 | Anna Smolchenko
"Russia's Dmitry Medvedev hailed Barack Obama as "my new comrade" Thursday after their first face-to-face talks"
April 1, 2009:
"Obama, Medvedev pledge new era of relations":
From CBS-News, July 29, 2006:
Chavez Vows To 'Stand By Iran'
After Oil Talks In Tehran, Venezuelan Leader Called 'Brother' By Ahmedinejad
"Chavez pledged that his country would 'stay by Iran at any time and under any condition,' state television reported. Ahmadinejad said he saw in Chavez a kindred spirit." "'We do not have any limitation in cooperation,' Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying. 'Iran and Venezuela are next to each other and supporters of each other. Chavez is a source of a progressive and revolutionary current in South America and his stance in restricting imperialism is tangible.'":
"Barack Obama told supporters that
'change has come to America' as he
claimed victory in a historic presidential election."