By banning the sale of S-300 air defense missile systems to Tehran, Moscow will lose not only money, but face, a representative of Russia’s military-industrial complex said on Tuesday.
It will be another 15 years before Russia regains the trust of potential customers in the Persian Gulf region, the highly-placed representative, who insisted on anonymity, told the Russian Agency of Legal and Court Information (RAPSI).
“Iran will continue to buy weapons all the same, regardless of Russia’s position,” he said, naming Beijing as Tehran’s future principle supplier.
Russia should have fulfilled its obligations under the contract, he said.
“Besides, the money that Russia will lose could have helped the domestic military sector, especially in the post-crisis conditions,” he added.
The Kremlin banned the sale of S-300s and other arms to Iran in September, saying they were covered by the fourth round of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council against Iran over its nuclear program in June.
Russia signed the deal to deliver S-300s to Iran in 2007.
Russia will pay back Iran’s $166.8 million initial payment on the contract, Sergei Chemezov, head of Russia’s state weapons exporter, said last week.
The Iranian defense minister said in September that the ban was “illogical” and proof that Russia “cannot act independently.”
MOSCOW, October 12 (RIA Novosti)
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- ruypenalvaAn Unreliable Weapon Partner02:34, 13/10/2010I dont understand as a short-range defensive missile could falls in this embargo. Russia proved to be, as it happened in Irak, an unreliable weapon partner. My lecture is was WTO access trade off. To tell the truth Russia only sell obsolet weapons to Israel enemy countries. China is more reliable and powerfull than Russian as a comercial partner.
- email@example.comThere is a much bigger picture that RMIC is missing03:15, 13/10/2010I absolutely guarantee the Russian Military Industrial Complex that the loss of the sale of the S-300 missile system is only temporary for Iran.
Russian political leaders like President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are looking at a much bigger world wide picture than just the sale of the S-300 missile system to Iran.
Iran is not going anywhere and its need for a S-300 missile system will only increase in the future as worldwide oil supplies continue to decrease.
Between 2015 and 2030 the Russian Military Industrial Complex will be so busy making defensive weapons it will be longing for the quieter days.
Russia is now a member of Nato and as part of Nato President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are respecting a temporary arms embargo on Iran. The ban is only in place until Iran can sufficiently prove that its nuclear facilities are for civilian power generation use only and not an enrichment reactor for fission material for nuclear weapons.
By adhering to Nato restrictions on arms to Iran, President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are ensuring that Russia becomes a member of the WTO (World Trade Organization).
As a member of the WTO (World Trade Organization) billions if not trillions of product sales will be possible at much lower prices. This bigger picture makes the temporary sacrifice of the S-300 system worth the while.
Global oil reserves are now at “Peak Oil” meaning that the most oil that can be pumped out of the ground is being pumped out of the ground.
Between 2015 and 2020 there will be a dramatic escalation of worldwide conflicts to secure the last remaining oil reservoirs. Between 2020 and 2030 these conflicts for energy will become even more intense.
By 2030 our oil civilization will be over. There will not be enough oil on the planet to sustain a modern oil based civilization / country.
The Russian Military Industrial Complex will have many opportunities in the future to sell Iran the S-300 missile system and it will not take 15 years to win back their business. It will only take months.
- sohelsaheenArnold Vinette15:40, 14/10/2010Arnold , you the guy are fanatic and just very obidient slave of the zionic propaganda slave.Russia must know its geopgraphical position where Iran is an important factor. Russia cannot compete with Nato member countries as no space for Russia there . Otherwise Nato will be hungry.You may know the limitations of money and arm markets and tuff competition.The WTO is nothing but a bluff. Even the CZECH president told EU never existed. The Romanian and Bulgarians are in delusion after their entry to EU.It is a pity for you to be a member of the blind Zionic puppet machine which makes you a funny material.Iran will earn all weapons and will be strong enough to put pressure on both USA and Russia. Iran already rejected the propsed Russian gas pipe line from the Caspian sea. Soon USA will encircle Russia by its airdefense weapons and if Iran give any green signal the fall of Russia will be a matter of time.Iran can influence inside Russia and its border countries. So Arnold grow up!!!