Peres: Russia will reconsider Iran arms sale


JERUSALEM (JTA)  — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev promised to reconsider the sale of air defense missiles to Iran, Shimon Peres said.

The Israeli president said Wednesday, at the end of a state visit to Russia, that "The Russian president opposes the existence of nuclear weapons in Iran and has made an unambiguous promise that Russia will not sell weapons that may harm the balance of power in the Middle East."   

Russia and Iran reportedly signed a contract in 2005 for the sale of Russia’s sophisticated S-300 air defense system. The United States has objected to the sale. Russia says no systems have yet been delivered to Iran, according to reports.

The system could thwart an Israeli strike on Iran’s uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, which is reported to be close to producing a nuclear weapon.

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