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Saturday, October 9, 2010
Ambassador says Iran confused why Russia broke S-300 contract
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN – It is not clear why Russia has decided not to deliver the S-300 missile system to Iran, Tehran’s Ambassador to Moscow said on Thursday.
“Of course, we have a contract with the Russian government, in which different issues including (possible) disagreements were predicted” and Iran will act accordingly, Reza Sajjadi told the Azeri Salam news network.
According to a contract signed in 2005, Russia undertook to deliver the S-300 missile system to Iran.
Russia’s president signed a decree last month banning supplies of S-300 missiles and other arms to Iran in a long-awaited move after weeks of deliberations by Russian officials.
Sajjadi said the S-300 missile system is a defensive weapon, which will not pose any threat to any country.
Even U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, following the issuance of the 1929 resolution, said the delivery of S-00 missile system to Iran does not violate the resolution but expressed hope Russia would not deliver the system, the diplomat noted.
However, he said Iran and Russia share similar views on a variety of matters despite disagreements over some issues.
“(I) believe we and Russia have common interests and threats in the region,” he said, adding both countries are concerned about drug trafficking and terrorism.
He also said Tehran and Moscow are against the military presence of foreigners in the region.
On the Caspian Sea, the two states have very close sentiments, he stated.
On Afghanistan and the Middle East, Tehran and Moscow hold constant talks and have close views, too, he added.
Asked what measures Iran and Russia would take to help resolve the security issues in the volatile Caucasus region, he said the regional countries should seriously discuss three important issues.
First, reducing or even cutting the influence of foreigners on regional matters as they pursue their own interests and trample on the interests of regional people, particularly when it comes to Muslims and Orthodox people, he explained.
Zionists are trying to sow discord between Muslims and Orthodox Christians in order to reap their benefits, he noted.
Secondly, strengthening cultural and religious affinities in the region in a way that no other country can sway regional countries and fan the flames of disagreements, Sajjadi stated.
Thirdly, improving the economic situation, in other words, if people have jobs and live without financial problems, most of the issues will be resolved, he concluded