Russia’s sale of S-300 air defense missile systems Iran does not stand in contradiction to the good relationship between Russia and Israel, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday.
The Israel Defense Forces has reportedly approached the Russian Defense Ministry to request that new coordination procedures be developed now that Russia has stationed S-300 anti-aircraft missiles in Syria. News of the IDF request appeared in the Russian newspaper Izvestia.
US President Barack Obama’s administration has not exercised its right under US law to sanction the Russian sale of an advanced weapon system to Iran, leading some in Congress to demand clarifications and accuse the administration of appeasing Tehran.
There is no need to panic. The S-300 missiles deal between Russia and Iran is today more of a symbolic rather than an actual threat.
Russia has decided to freeze its shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Saturday.
Russia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of Russian state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec, was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying on Monday.