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Russia delays delivery of S-300 advanced air defence missiles to Iran
Times Online ^ | February 17, 2010 | Tony Halpin

Posted on 02/17/2010 10:49:53 PM PST by myknowledge

Russia raised Western hopes that it will support tougher international sanctions against Iran’s nuclear programme by announcing a delay in delivery of S-300 advanced air defence missiles.

The postponement for unspecified “technical problems” was made public a day after Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, urged Russia to support “crippling” sanctions against Tehran during a visit to Moscow.

The United States and Israel have been pressing Russia not to deliver the S-300 missiles, which would make a successful military strike much more difficult if diplomacy failed to resolve the stand-off over Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Iran insists that its atomic programme is peaceful but an announcement last week that it had begun to upgrade uranium from 3.5 per cent to 20 per cent enrichment has intensified suspicions that President Ahmadinejad is intent on building a nuclear bomb.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: airdefense; iran; s300; sam
Good thing the Russkies decided to withhold the SA-20B Gargoyle SAM batteries to the mullahcracy.

Maybe the Israeli UAV bribery package paid off...

1 posted on 02/17/2010 10:49:54 PM PST by myknowledge
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Too bad for Iranians that S-300 is little bit outdated and still not battle tested

3 posted on 02/18/2010 12:24:48 AM PST by Primorsky
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