Skip to comments.Sanctions won't hit Russia's missile sales to Iran: senior politicians
Posted on 05/21/2010 11:54:05 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Two key Russian parliament members said on Friday proposed UN sanctions on Iran would not affect Russia's controversial sale of S-300 missiles to Tehran, the Interfax news agency reported.
The possible sanctions would not hurt "current contracts", said Mikhail Margelov, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament:
"As far as Russian economic interests are concerned, this draft does not deal a blow to current contracts existing between Russia and Iran," he told journalists.
"We need to remember that Russia is a responsible seller of any of its products on external markets and we are not interested in the militarisation of the Middle East," he said.
Moscow had already agreed the sale of the missiles with Tehran but the delivery has been delayed by Western pressure.
Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, voiced a similar opinion, saying the sanctions would not hurt Russia's plans to launch Iran's first nuclear plant by this summer.
"The sanctions draft agreed by the five permanent UN Security Council members does not in any way prevent our cooperation with Iran," Interfax quoted him as saying. The S-300 missiles are defensive, not offensive weapons, he said.
Kosachev also said Russia would launch Iran's first nuclear power plant, which it is building in the city of Bushehr, by the end of the summer, "regardless of whether international sanctions are applied on Iran."
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How's the latest treaty (which I predict will not be ratified) with the Ruskies working out?
I read somewhere that these new missiles would practically make it impossible for Israel (or us, not that that would likely ever happen under this Moozie-appeasing administration)to attack and destroy Iran's nuclear facilities.
And what is The Messiah doing to prevent the sale of these missiles? Crickets chirping!!!
If I were a skeptic of the first magnitude and wanted to believe the worst of our Hate-America/Hate-Israel/Jews poseur president, I would suggest he secretly is pleased and would welcome this as it would give him an excuse not to do anything to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and would prevent Israel from mounting an attack which he vehemently opposes.
Mmm, mmm, mmm!