Why Russia’s S-300 Deal With Iran is Shrouded in Secrecy

Russia is expected to deliver the S-300 missile defense systems to Iran no later than March 2016, but no additional details on the major arms deal have been made public.

Mahmood Shoori of Iran’s Center for Strategic Research offered two reasons behind the secrecy in an interview with Radio Sputnik.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The obstacle is the Iranians themselves. They are the world leader in being difficult to deal with and they are proud of it. It’s a cultural glitch with the Iranians that they can never conclude a deal, ever. Even when they get an agreement on everything they demand, they always come back for more or different terms. It’s called the bargain of the bazaar. They Iranians more than anything else, more than success itself, want to endlessly browbeat their partners because they see everyone as an opponent. Iranians do not believe they are successful in a negotiation unless they can come back and demand the next thing.

    This is why their nuclear arms program makes such slow progress. It started in the 1980’s with the Germans but after 10 years of little progress, hampered by endless haggling over stupid things, the Germans walked away. The Soviets and then the Russians stepped in because they don’t care very much for progress either as long as they’re getting paid. So even though this missile deal is already 8 years old neither party is worried if it will ever conclude. One side will insist in endless changes and the other side doesn’t care.

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  • simus1

    The s300 is also a formidable low altitude short range system.