Russia offers Iran missile defense



Russia will provide Iran with an advanced air missile defense system.


The agreement for Russia to deliver at an unspecified time the sophisticated S-300 surface-air missile defense system was announced Tuesday night by Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar.


The S-300 is similar to the United States’ Patriot missile defense system which can stop incoming missiles and warplanes.


On Wednesday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Russian daily Vremya Novostei newspaper that Iran has no economic need to continue its program of uranium enrichment since taking delivery from Russia of nuclear fuel for its Bushehr nuclear reactor.


Iran’s production of fissile material at its Natanz plant has caused an uproar in the international community, which is looking at placing additional sanctions on the republic. Lavrov said Russia is working to encourage Iran to halt its production and open negotiations with the “Iran Six” – Russia, the U.S. China, Britain, France and Germany.



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