Pentagon opposes Russian move to sell missiles to Iran

Russian army S-300 air defense missile launchers drive in a street during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade,  Moscow, Russia, 2013 (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

The US military expressed concern Monday after Russia lifted its ban on supplying its advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran.

“Our opposition to these sales is long and public. We believe it’s unhelpful,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren told reporters.

“We are raising that through the appropriate diplomatic channels,” he said.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree lifting a self-imposed ban on supplying the missile system to the Islamic republic.

In doing so, he pre-empted the possible future lifting of sanctions against Iran if it agrees on an accord to limit its nuclear program…

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Sternly worded letter in 3,2,1…

    • Frau Katze

      Putin will be terrified!

  • Millie_Woods

    Boy, this deal gets better every day. I wonder what else is on the Iranian wish list.

  • HJM

    Israel may not allow the missiles to arrive.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      How? They border each other?

      For the last twenty years, Russia has been playing a con on the Iranians, by scareing them, and then offering to SELL them a solution, when they can afford to buy.

  • Alain

    It is a toss-up trying to decide who is worse in dealing with Iran: the Pentagon or Russia. Both are aiding and abetting evil and neither has the higher moral ground.

  • cmh

    no one to blame here but the stupid leaders of the western countries….we should NEVER have ostracized Putin, that is a stupid, stupid move and i get the feeling he is only just beginning…. payback’s a bitch

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      How did we do that again?
      I’m unclear.

  • Russia has its own vary large Muslim problem.

    The Russians are fools to sell the Iranians any military equipment.

  • barryjr

    Pentagon is just pissed that the Russians got their sale through first.