Iran is poised to sign off on the purchase of four Russian-made S-300 missiles, an action which will enhance Tehran’s military potential.
“The text of the contract is ready and our friends will go to Russia next week to sign the contract,” Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.
Iran’s initial aim was to purchase three battalions of the S-300 missile system, but the recent negotiations with both the Russian government and arms producer, Almaz-Antey, yielded a fourth battalion.
Dehghan also disclosed Iran was conferring with Russia on the purchase of advanced fighter aircraft but offered no further specifics.
Russia self-imposed a ban on the sale of S-300 missile systems to Iran in 2010 after fierce criticism from the West; however, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban in April.
Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said:
“Moscow’s voluntary embargo on S-300 deliveries was no longer necessary due to the progress in nuclear talks reached in Lausanne.”
Iran wasted no time in strengthening its military.
In anticipation of using its unfrozen assets and after a fleeting visit to the Kremlin, Tehran is now advancing its relentless ambition to engage in proliferation, sponsor global terrorism and dominate the region. Among the more troubling revelations is the purchase of Russian fighter jets, which can only serve to amplify the mayhem Iran has created in neighboring Iraq.
An embarrassing chain of events, the U.S. has succeeded in financing further terror in the Middle East and pushed Iran right into Russia’s orbit where Moscow will reap economic bounty.
Although Tehran lit matches burning the feet of Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry, neither man will ever admit Iran was not inspired on their spending spree by a bad nuclear deal nor will they ever admit Iran is in violation of it.
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