As we reported earlier and in the Daily Dispatch, Russia has agreed to lift a ban on advanced missile systems and deliver said weaponry to Iran. One of the many troubling aspects of this development is that it will make policing Iran’s nuclear facilities nearly impossible. The Times of Israel’s Elhanan Miller reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Russian leader Vladimir Putin today, voicing his objections to the deal:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, expressing Israel’s “grave concerns” regarding Russia’s decision to provide Iran with advanced antiaircraft missiles.
According to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu told Putin that the 2007 deal providing Iran with S-300 missiles, finally authorized to move forward on Monday, “will only encourage Iranian aggression in the region and further undermine the stability of the Middle East…”
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon argued earlier on Tuesday that Russia’s decision to lift a ban on implementing the $800 million deal was an outgrowth of the nuclear framework agreement reached between world powers and Iran last week.
“The S-300 deal that we are hearing about now is a direct result of the framework agreement that was reached in Lausanne,” Ya’alon said, referring to the outline deal reached in the Swiss city earlier this month. “This is what we were warning about even before the details were agreed.”
In his statement Tuesday, Netanyahu echoed that view.
“This sale of advanced weaponry to Iran is the direct result of the dangerous deal on the table between Iran and the P5+1. Can anyone still seriously claim that the deal with Iran will enhance security in the Middle East?” he said…