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Iran stakes on Russia2012-01-20 18:49
Iran's ambassador to Russia Mahmud Reza Sajadi is sure that Moscow could have avoided contradictions with Washington over deployment of an anti-missile defense system in Europe if it had not done UN's bidding and sent C-300 air defense complexes to the Islamic republic. The diplomat does not specify how Russian countermissiles would have hampered US plans over the European missile shield. Yet, having modern anti-missile complexes now would be very much welcome in Iran.
"I believe that if Russia had shipped C-300 complexes to Iran, it would have avoided difficulties in talks over the missile shield. Considering that Russia returned the advanced payment to us and stopped execution of this contract unilaterally, we think the issue with the Russian side is closed", - Mahmud Reza Sadjadi, Iran's ambassador to Russia, remarked in an interview.
It is unlikely the transfer of Russian air defense complexes would have allowed avoiding tensions over US anti-missile shield in Europe. It is more probable that the tensions would have grown challenging the reset policies between Russia and the States and a new treaty on reduction of offensive weapons would not have been signed in that case. This treaty is considered the most important achievement of the bilateral relations over the recent time. Besides, it would hardly have fostered Russia's WTO entry lobbied by the Obama administration. Most probably, Moscow would have been isolated internationally for having violated the UN's embargo on the Islamic republic.
On the other hand, new anti-missile complexes would have immeasurably reinforced Teheran's positions in its current confrontation with Washington that is likely to grow into a direct armed conflict. It would be of little help in terms of resistance to the American army - nobody can stand against the US military machine now. Yet, it would have been a sign of political support from Russia, still a nuclear power. The Ayatollah regime did not obtain this support and Teheran got seriously offended with Moscow then.
"The Iranian side considers going back on one's word as an offence", - Reza Sajadi remarks. The Iranian side is reasonable here. Yet, Teheran prefers to ignore the fact that Iran has applied too weak efforts to allay fears of the global community over its nuclear program as well as Russian doubts that does not want another nuclear power near its borders. Particularly when Iran possesses means for its delivery, i.e. Shahab 3 missiles. With the 1,500-km range it is not a threat for the States and Europe, unlike Russia's part of Caucasus and neighboring states.