Russia froze delivery of S-300 system to Iran after it transferred advanced arms to Hezbollah

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SA-22 air defense system.   President Vladmir Putin reportedly froze the transfer of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran after receiving evidence from Israel that Tehran had transferred advanced weapons to Hezbollah. Israel showed that Iran had repeatedly attempted to transfer the SA-22 Greyhound short-range air defense system to the Lebanese-based Hezbollah
SA-22 air defense system. President Vladmir Putin reportedly froze the transfer of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran after receiving evidence from Israel that Tehran had transferred advanced weapons to Hezbollah. Israel showed that Iran had repeatedly attempted to transfer the SA-22 Greyhound short-range air defense system to the Lebanese-based Hezbollah

Russian President Vladmir Putin reportedly froze the transfer of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran after receiving evidence from Israel that Tehran had transferred advanced weapons to Hezbollah.

The Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida published the unconfirmed report on Saturday, citing an unnamed source allegedly “familiar” with Putin

The source said that Putin scuppered the delivery after Israel showed that Iran had repeatedly attempted to transfer the SA-22 Greyhound short-range air defense system to the Lebanese-based militant group.

The report also said that Russian pilots claimed to have detected the presence of advance anti-aircraft systems in Hezbollah-controlled territory straddling the Syria-Lebanon border.

Israel, according to the report, has turned a blind eye to the Iranian-backed group’s possession of the Soviet-made SA-5 Gammon surface-to-air missile system, known also as the S-200.

Russia and Iran signed a contract for the delivery of five S-300 batteries in 2007. But in autumn 2010, Russia’s then-president Dmitry Medvedev banned the supply of the systems to Tehran amid escalating global sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program. The contract, worth more than $800 million, was annulled and the advance payment returned to the Iranians.

Iran filed a $4 billion lawsuit in the Court of Arbitration in Geneva over breach of the contract. According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Moscow persuaded Tehran to withdraw the lawsuit after “long and tough negotiations.”

In April 2015, shortly after the announcement of the Lausanne outline for the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, Putin lifted the ban on S-300 deliveries to Tehran, over American and Israeli objections.

In August, Iran and Russia announced that the system would be delivered by the end of the year, with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov saying at the time that “just technical details” remained to be agreed upon.

But according to a report by the Russian Government owned daily ‘Russia Today’ , the first batch of S300 waste be delivered in February ,

RT quoted Sputnik News Agency as saying that “Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan, who arrived in Moscow on February 15, would participate in the delivery ceremony.”

“This month, Hossein Dehghan announced Tehran would get Russian air defense systems by the end of the year, which in Iran ends on March 20, 2016.” RT also quoted Sputnik as saying.

S-300 systems have been deployed in a number of countries, including Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and Vietnam. Russia last supplied S-300 systems abroad in 2010, when 15 squadrons were delivered to China.

Production of S-300 systems was then suspended as Almaz-Antey, the main manufacturer of Russian air defenses, launched production of the next generation S-400 systems.

Agencies

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32 responses to “Russia froze delivery of S-300 system to Iran after it transferred advanced arms to Hezbollah”

  1. Israel is the biggest threat to the world peace.

    1. Matrix Avatar

      ONLY Israel?

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        Who else? Israel created all the wars since 1948.

        1. Matrix Avatar

          Vietnam, Korea wars too….

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Not going to discuss Vietnam, first of all in 19th century, Vietnam was a French colony, the US started the war.
            Korea was a civil war it became international. US started Korea war.

          2. Matrix Avatar

            I’m not discussing wars with you, simply because war is a deadly ‘game’ and it doesn’t matter if it is civil war or international.

            I presium that Hezbollah ‘loves’ to be involved in many wars, lately in Iraq “Nasrallah: Hezbollah sent fighters to Iraq”….

          3. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Putting the carriage before the horse.. Not Carthesian
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAjWUrwvxs4

  2. against the wind Avatar
    against the wind

    Really? Hezbollah has S200? Do you know how big S200 is? It was desined in 1960s to shoot down American nuclear bombers like B52. It needs rail road to move! And it has a range of 300 km and Israel just ignored that and nobody knows such big weapon system is in Lebanon?
    As for SA22, I searched it and apparently Iran’s contract is on hold since 2012 because of sanction and even if Iran had it, it has no use for Hezbolah because it has a range of just 20 km, and will be destroyed from beyond that by air to ground missiles. This type of air defense has to work with other types, not on its own.
    So far beside that Kuwaiti newspaper, nobody has confirmed this.

  3. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    It’s his same opinion than 10 months ago

    1. Matrix Avatar

      Sorry, I didn’t realize that this Falafel “Uri” is a friend of yours.
      “Uri a year ago – There’re was a big protest outside Natanyahoo house for the price rise of Felafel. Shouldn’t Israel government think about his people first?”…..

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        Please you have nothing else to do?

    2. Matrix Avatar

      Oh yea, you mean the same Copy and past…..

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        What if there’s nothing else to say..

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Lebanon really needs Russian air defense systems after all the garbage built up. It ALL Stinks.

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      We will defeat Israel with our garbage… 😉
      Burry them with it.

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        🙂 …!

    1. Rudy1947 Avatar
      Rudy1947

      So many holes, so little time.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Every ‘Settlement’ wallowing in black death.

        1. Rudy1947 Avatar
          Rudy1947

          Since 1948, many countries in the ME, adding India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, owe a lot to the US.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Well, I guess THAT can’t be the reason you all hate them so much then.

          2. Rudy1947 Avatar
            Rudy1947

            Who is “you all” and who is “them”?

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            :-))) … ALL the ‘Muddled-East’ types who make Americans look like such fools every time they ‘try’ to help. 😉

          4. Rudy1947 Avatar
            Rudy1947

            So “you all” and “them” are the same?

          5. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            If you need help with English … ‘Them’ are USA, and ‘You All’ are the Muddled-East types.

          6. Rudy1947 Avatar
            Rudy1947

            Thanx. Pronouns are notoriously ambiguous.

          7. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            If we are having ‘converstional one-liners’ here, then not.
            I’ll agree, I’d not use them in any other context.

          8. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Is Thanx.. English?

          9. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Kids drool words into uselessness, being ‘smart-ass&lazy’ at the same time.
            The concept of ‘precision’ is as lost as the moment the missile explodes.
            (and ‘thanks’ is barely better, in it’s vaguely directed way)

        2. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          US provides economic and military aid to plenty of nations in the region. Israel’s neighbours are also big recipients of US aid, as are terrorist ridden Pakistan and Afghanistan.

          It is not an accident that all the nations above that receive the most aid border Russian sphere of influence. Russia and and its allies (Iran and Syria) are deep into Middle East. To fight that, US arms Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel, Ukraine, Turkey, Jordan…

      2. Are you posting from a gay whore house?

  5. Claims of Russia Suspending Iran S-300 Deliveries Are Bollocks.

    They originate with Israel – which has an immense interesting in seeing them scuttled.

    read more: http://russia-insider.com/en/claims-russians-freezing-iran-s-300-deliveries-are-bollocks/ri13269

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