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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