Skip to comments.Iran's Intelligence Ministry Urges Moving Away From Russia
Posted on 07/02/2010 1:36:45 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Tehran is angry at Moscow's decision to freeze the sale of the S-300 missile-defense system.
Iran's Intelligence Ministry has called for a "decrease" in ties with Russia, according to Hossein Ebrahimi, a parliament deputy and a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.
Ebrahimi told the semiofficial ILNA news agency that the demand was discussed during a meeting between committee members and officials of the Intelligence Ministry.
He said lawmakers favor reducing ties with Russia as well as China because of their support for the June 9 UN resolution that imposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its sensitive nuclear activities.
Ebrahimi added, however, that because representatives from all decision-making bodies were not present at the meeting, a common decision on the issue was not reached.
"China and Russia gave priority to their own interests over their relations with us. Therefore, ties with these countries will definitely change, but we need a comprehensive study on how to proceed," Ebrahimi was quoted as saying.
Tehran is also angry at Russia's decision to freeze a deal to send the S-300 air-defense missile system to the Islamic Republic.
The head of the Iran-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Committee, Mehdi Sanae'i, was quoted as saying on June 24 that "Moscow's failure to deliver the air-defense missile system to Tehran would not only hinder cooperation between the two states, but also damage the country's status in finding new partners in the region."
Defense Minister Saeed Vahidi has also called on Russia to adhere to a 2007 agreement between the two countries on the delivery of the S-300 missile system to Tehran.
Earlier this week, U.S. Undersecretary for Political Affairs William Burns said that the Russians have given their assurances that they would not deliver the system in accordance with UN sanctions.
(Excerpt) Read more at rferl.org ...
angry at Moscow's decision to freeze the sale of the S-300 missile-defense systemThanks sonofstrangelove. Zero is going to lead from the rear and send in the US armed forces, he's just waiting for a provocation, or for a situation which requires the tail to wag the dog (the BP accident may be it, BTW). My only worry is, he's such a f-up that he'll probably lead us into failure. One other possible source of delay is the overland supply route for our Afghan staging areas.
There are 17 carriers, battleships and missile cruisers floating in international water just far enough from Iran doing "battle exercises". Add about a half dozen subs that can target and launch 20 missiles each just sitting on the sand floor on the bottom of the shallows.
The Russians and Chinese don't need this kind of problem.