Monday, April 13, 2009

Russia to never 'double-cross' Iran for US

Russia to never 'double-cross' Iran for US

Moscow says it would gladly hit the reset button on relations with Washington, but warns that it would never double-cross Tehran.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stood firm on Moscow's relations with Tehran on Saturday, asserting that it would never agree to increase pressure on Iran.

"It's our neighbor, it's a country which can play a very important role in solving a number of acute international issues, such as the situation in Afghanistan, Iraq and different aspects of Mideast peace settlement," Lavrov in a speech to a group of political strategists.

Meanwhile the Israelis are selling spy drones to Russia in hope that Russia will not sell anti-aircraft missile system to Iran.

Russia admitted that it signed a deal, two years ago, to sell Iran a billion dollars worth of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems. Russia has shipped some components, and trained some Iranian troops, but has not completed delivery. That's because Russia has been negotiating with the U.S., Israel and European nations, to obtain a bribe of sufficient size to make it worthwhile to lose the sale to Iran. This has not pleased the Iranians, but there's not much they can do about it.

Any bets on if Russia stops selling the anti-aircraft components to Iran in a round about way?

The Israelis have a legitimate concern on Iran. Obama will not do anything about it.

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