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Netanyahu to Putin: Stop selling missiles to Iran

Posted by Kris Roman on June 29, 2009

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Relations between Israel and Russia have grown tense over a significant change in Moscow’s attitude regarding the possible sale of S-300 air defense missiles to Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and asked him to prevent the arms deal from going through.

Ahead of a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev next week, Israel has began an international effort to pressure Russia not to complete the sale of the advanced air defense system.

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US to urge Russia not to sell missiles to Iran: Clinton

Posted by Kris Roman on March 6, 2009



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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she would urge Russia to stop missile sales talks with Iran, during meetings in Geneva with her Russian counterpart.

She said she would “raise with Russia their continuing discussions with Iran about selling longer-range missiles, which we think are a threat to Russia as well as to Europe and neighbours in the region.”

Clinton meets Friday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in a test of whether President Barack Obama’s new diplomacy can improve US-Russian ties, which were badly strained during the presidency of George W. Bush.

Russia has denied that it was preparing to deliver sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missiles to the Islamic republic, following reports it was about to supply the weapons to the US arch-foe.

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Obama Offered Deal to Russia in Secret Letter

Posted by Kris Roman on March 2, 2009

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President Obama sent a secret letter to Russia’s president last month suggesting that he would back off deploying a new missile defense system in Eastern Europe if Moscow would help stop Iran from developing long-range weapons, American officials said Monday.

The letter to President Dmitri A. Medvedev was hand-delivered in Moscow by top administration officials three weeks ago. It said the United States would not need to proceed with the interceptor system, which has been vehemently opposed by Russia since it was proposed by the Bush administration, if Iran halted any efforts to build nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.

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Putin seeks to further build ties with Iran

Posted by Kris Roman on October 30, 2008



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RIA Novosti

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia and Iran must continue to develop bilateral and multilateral projects, and welcomed Iran’s contribution to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Putin met with Iranian First Vice President Parviz Davoodi on the sidelines of a meeting in Kazakhstan between the heads of government of SCO member states, comprising Russia, China, and four Central Asian countries.

“Our relations are developing in a diversified manner in many directions,” Putin said.

He noted the countries’ strong political ties, growing trade, which has reached $3.5 billion, and the large number of “perspective projects in bilateral as well as multilateral formats”.

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Posted by Kris Roman on September 18, 2008


RIA Novosti

Iranian Resistance

Russia is negotiating the delivery of more air defense systems to Iran despite Western demands for a halt in sales to Tehran over its refusal to stop uranium enrichment, the head of Russia’s arms exporter said Thursday.

“Contacts between our countries [on delivery of air defense systems] are continuing and we do not see any reason to suspend them,” Rosoboronexport General Director Anatoly Isaikin told reporters at the Africa Aerospace & Defence-2008 (AAD-2008) exhibition near Cape Town in South Africa.

The official reiterated that deliveries of Russian anti-aircraft weaponry to Iran were aimed exclusively at increasing its air defense capability and were not subject to international restrictions.

Iran recently took delivery of 29 Russian-made Tor-M1 air defense missile systems under a $700-million contract signed in late 2005. Russia has also trained Iranian Tor-M1 specialists, including radar operators and crew commanders.

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Russian analyst points to link between Georgian attack and Iran

Posted by Kris Roman on August 28, 2008

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A senior Russian military analyst said on Wednesday that the U.S. and NATO by arming Tbilisi used the conflict in Georgia as a dress rehearsal for a future military operation in Iran.

Col. Gen Leonid Ivashov, president of the Academy of Geopolitical Studies, told a news conference at RIA Novosti, “We are close to a serious conflict – U.S. and NATO preparations on a strategic scale are ongoing. In the operation the West conducted on Georgian soil against Russia – South Ossetians were the victims or hostages of it – we can see a rehearsal for an attack on Iran. There is a great deal of “new features” that today are being fine tuned in the theater of military operations.”

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Iran, Gazprom set to sign cooperation memorandum

Posted by Kris Roman on July 13, 2008

Russian energy giant Gazprom [RTS: GAZP] and Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum will sign on Sunday a memorandum of cooperation in the oil and gas sphere, an Iranian deputy oil minister said.

“Interaction between Iran and Russia in all spheres and especially in the energy sphere is very wide. We expect to further broaden this cooperation in the future,” Hossein Noghrehkar Shirazi said.

Shirazi said a series of discussions would precede the signing of the cooperation memorandum.

Iran ranks fourth in terms of crude reserves after Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait, as well as fourth in terms of oil production after Saudi Arabia, the United States and Russia. Iran’s proven gas reserves total more than 28 trillion cubic meters.

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Iran president says peace proposal to Russia is ‘comprehensive’

Posted by Kris Roman on June 12, 2008

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that a “comprehensive” package offered to Russia was aimed at “eradicating” the threats of war.
The comments follow statements by Tehran’s top national security official that he had held talks with his Russian counterpart on a new Iranian proposals to solve world problems, including the nuclear standoff with the West.

Ahmadinejad, after meeting Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi, said the “comprehensive” package was based on mutual friendship.

“We have offered a proposal for comprehensive cooperation and constructive dialogue based on friendship and sustainable security to eradicate threats of war,” Ahmadinejad told reporters.

“Its a valued issue we have proposed to discuss with them,” the Iranian leader said, without giving further details of the proposals, which appear to be a wide friendship treaty rather than a specific offer to end the nuclear crisis.

Iran’s top national security official Saeed Jalili said after talks with Russia’s Valentin Sobolev that Tehran planned to have a “good basis for negotiations” with the West.

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Tehran hopes for continuity in Russia’s policies – ambassador

Posted by Kris Roman on May 8, 2008

Tehran hopes the new Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, will continue the policies of his predecessor Vladimir Putin regarding Iran, the Islamic Republic’s ambassador said Wednesday.

“Vladimir Putin’s presidency was a golden period in Iran-Russia relations. We made huge strides. Both sides conducted extensive and excellent cooperation in their interests. I am convinced in view of these factors and the common ground between Iran and Russia, this cooperation will continue forward,” Gholamreza Ansari told the Moscow-based Ekho Moskvy radio.

Ansari said Medvedev, sworn in today, had given his Iranian counterpart a special message on the issue through acting Russian Security Council head Valentin Sobolev. However, a Kremlin source said there was no official information available yet.

Earlier it was reported that Sobolev had handed a message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from former Russian president Vladimir Putin on Russia’s plans to continue its policy towards Iran.

A high-ranking Russian delegation headed by Sobolev held April 28-30 talks with Iran’s leadership in Tehran.

Medvedev submitted Putin’s candidacy for prime minister to the lower house of Russia’s parliament following his inauguration on Wednesday.

Russia is building a nuclear power plant in Iran’s southwestern city of Bushehr. Western countries suspect Iran of pursuing a secret nuclear weapons program, but Tehran insists it need nuclear energy for civilian purposes.

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Iran and Russia need not fight for gas market

Posted by Kris Roman on April 16, 2008

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Russia, Iran will continue to observe Soviet-era Caspian treaty

Posted by Kris Roman on April 16, 2008

Russia will stick to the 1921 and 1940 treaties with Iran on the Caspian Sea until a new convention on the sea’s status is adopted, a senior Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday.

The status of the inland sea has been a source of long-running disagreements between the five littoral states – Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan – since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

“Russia’s position is that until we produce a new convention the agreements that are still valid between the Soviet Union and Iran will remain in force,” said Alexander Golovin, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy, who headed the Russian delegation at a regular meeting of the Caspian working group in Tehran.

Under the 1921 and 1940 treaties between the Soviet Union and Iran, no borders were ever established. Moreover, the treaties related to shipping and fishing regulations, without covering oil and gas exploration.

Gololvin reiterated Russia’s opposition to the introduction of unilateral demarcation lines, zones and borders on the Caspian.

Iran has insisted it will not sign any agreements on the status of the oil-rich sea until its national interests in the region are fully safeguarded. Iran, whose portion makes up only 14% of the Caspian shoreline, is demanding 20% of the sea.

At a summit in Tehran in October 2007, Caspian leaders failed to make any headway in resolving the dispute, but adopted a joint political declaration promoting efforts to build and enhance mutual confidence, regional security, and stability, and to refrain from the use of force in solving mutual problems.

The Caspian leaders are expected to hold the next summit in Baku later this year.

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Outside View: Why a Russia-Iran gas fight?

Posted by Kris Roman on April 15, 2008

Iran has stepped up its diplomatic activity, suggesting that its conflict with the West over its nuclear program is losing momentum, and the use of military force to settle it is no longer the only option.

Americans, who are preparing for presidential elections, are more concerned about Iraq and the mortgage crisis.

But when analyzing the situation from the Russian perspective, we should remember that Iran has added energy to the quiver of its military and political arrows. Its advance to the global gas market could disrupt the current balance of interests there.

Iran is the world’s fourth-largest oil producer after Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait, and has the second largest gas reserves after Russia.

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