Russia has rejected Iran's request of buying the S-400 anti-aircraft, missile defense systems, a senior Russian official told Bloomberg on Friday.
"The request was rebuffed by President Vladimir Putin, who was concerned that the sale would stoke more tension in the Middle East," the officials said on the condition of anonymity.
“Any real or imaginary strengthening of Iran can lead to escalation — if Russia really refused Iran such a request, it would mean that Russia wants to keep working on relations with Saudi Arabia, Israel and keep a chance for negotiations with Trump,” Ruslan Pukhov, head of the Center of Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow, said.
“If Russia decides to provide Iran with S-400, it will be a direct challenge to Saudi Arabia and Israel, so it will be against Russia’s own national interests.”
In 2010, Iran's refusal to halt its Uranium enrichment program led the UN to impose sanctions against the sale of heavy weapons to the country, leading to the cancellation of delivery of the Russian S-300 system. Along with the sanctions, the decision of then President Dmitry Medvedev to ban arms sales to Iran resulted in the latter incurring losses of $13 billion. The move forced Iran to look at China for its military equipment needs.
After the US imposed sanctions against Russia and Iran, Russia began supporting Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the "Iran Nuclear Deal." Following the JCPOA agreement, President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban, and the country agreed to deliver the S-300 missile defense system to Iran.
The delivery of the systems was completed in November 2016. Iran then signed a $10 billion deal for helicopters, warplanes and artillery systems.
Meanwhile, US has also officially threatened Turkey, a NATO member state, of imposing CAATSA (Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) sanctions against it, if it went ahead with the S-400 purchase. The US also warned India that its S-400 buy would have "serious implications" on US-India defense ties.
The United States has threatened imposing Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) against Turkey if it goes ahead with the Russian S-400 Air Defence Systems deal, the State Department warned on Wednesday. This is the first instance of the US intending to invoke CAATSA against a country for buying Russian equipment since the act came into force in 2018
Turkey sees an improvement in talks with the United States over the purchase of Russian S-400 defense systems and US F-35 fighter jets but was prepared for sanctions under Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). "In our talks with the United States, we see a general easing and rapprochement on issues including the east of the Euphrates, F-35s and Patriots," Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said
The United States is opposed to Turkey and India acquiring the Russian S-400 long-range air defense systems as it requires sensitive data from the sensors of the aircraft to be fed into it in order to identify them as friend or a foe. The details of the friendly aircraft required include information on the radar, Link-16, a special transponder called Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF) and more
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Iran has unveiled a indigenously-made air defense system, “Khordad 15,” capable of detecting stealth targets at a distance of 85 km, and destroy them within a range of 45 km. “The system is capable of detecting fighter jets and combat drones from 150 km away and of tracking them within a range of 120 km,” Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, was quoted as saying by Press TV
Abbas Mousavi, official spokesperson for Iranian Foreign Ministry denied that the country had requested to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems, on Monday. "We have not requested Russia to sell S-400
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