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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Russia stalls AA missile delivery to Iran

The day after a visit from Israeli PM Netanyahu. the Russians announce sudden and undescribed "technical problems" which will delay delivery of the SA-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran.

Here's the suspected quid pro quo,
Russian media have speculated that Israel could agree to stop selling arms to Moscow's foe Georgia in return for a Russian agreement to block the S-300 sale to Iran, which the Jewish state sees as its main threat.

Related: You gotta wonder if it's part of the broader effort to isolate the Iranians. US tries to improve ties with Syria, and Clinton calls Iran a military dictatorship, and begins to press the Saudis to apply more pressure.

All of this seems to have flown into action after Ahmadinejad made his recent announcement that Iran has enriched a small (medical) amount to 20%.

(Also, there's a bit of a furor over a fake British passported Israeli "hit squad" who supposedly took out a Hamas commander in Dubai.)


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