Urbin Report

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Our friends the Russians...

...or not. The Russians are selling anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, a terrorist sponsor state.

Russia said yesterday it had delivered new anti aircraft missile systems to Iran and would consider more requests from Tehran for defensive weapons...

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told reporters in Moscow that Russia had supplied the modern short-range anti aircraft systems TOR-M1.
"We don't think that it's an appropriate signal to be sending to the government of Tehran when they continue to be in defiance of U N Security Council resolutions," said State Department spokesman Tom Casey.

"We also believe as well that we certainly don't want to see any kind of lethal aid or assistance given to any country that's a state sponsor of terror. And as we've said, Iran is the leading state sponsor in the world."

Ivanov, also a deputy prime minister and seen as a potential successor to President Vladimir Putin, did not say how many missile systems had been delivered or when the deliveries took place.