Iran sanctions won't stop missiles: Russian senator

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Iran sanctions won’t stop missiles: Russian senator

(Reuters) – The head of a parliamentary foreign affairs committee was quoted on Friday as saying that sanctions on Iran being discussed by world powers would not stop Russia from delivering S-300 surface to air missiles to Tehran.

Israel and the United States have asked Russia not to fulfill its contract to deliver the S-300s, which could undermine any air attack on Iranian facilities. Diplomats say Moscow is keen to keep the order as a bargaining chip with Tehran.

Asked if sanctions would block delivery of the S-300s, Mikhail Margelov, head of the Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said: “The draft will not hit current contracts between Russia and Iran,” Interfax news agency said.

“It should be remembered that Russia is a responsible seller of its products on foreign markets and we are not interested in the militarization of the Middle East.”

Russia is one of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council who have approved a draft resolution on a new set of sanctions against Iran that Washington circulated at the United Nations on Tuesday….MORE HERE

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