Israel voices concern over Iran-Russia missile deal

The contract for Russia to supply S-300 missile-defense systems to Iran was signed in 2007, but was unilaterally suspended in 2010 when the UN Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran.

Israel voices concern over Iran-Russia missile deal

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on Tuesday voiced his country's concern over Russia's recent decision to lift a ban on the sale of S-300 missile-defense systems to Iran.

"Iran continues to arm itself and others in the region and the S-300 missile-defense system is something we are worried about," Yaalon said Tuesday in a statement.

The Israeli minister attributed the Russian move to a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers signed earlier this month in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"The Russian approval [to lift the ban] is a direct result of the Lausanne framework agreement," he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday lifting the ban on the sale of the missile-defense system by Russia to Iran.

The missile systems, said to be among the world's most efficient anti-aircraft systems, are designed to defend against air attack.

Earlier this month, Iran and the P5+1 group of nations (the U.S., China, France, Russia, the U.K. and Germany) unveiled a preliminary framework for talks aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program.

They have set themselves a June 30 deadline for reaching a deal.  

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