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Belarus fronts Russian Iskander-M surface missile sale to Iran, Syria

DEBKAfile Report

May 3rd, 2009.

DEBKAfile's Moscow sources disclose that the Russian, Iranian and Damascus governments have cooked up a scheme to get around Vladimir Putin's undertaking as president to refrain from selling Iran and Syria advanced Iskander-M cruise missiles: The transaction will go through Belarus.

Sources in Moscow and Minsk confirmed Sunday, May 3, that the Iskander-M sale to Tehran has gone through and negotiations are ongoing for Iran and Syria for another transaction: the sale of Russia's advanced S-300 anti-air anti-missile multi-targeting shield systems as well.

Western military sources have reported in the past that Israel cannot afford to allow this high-performance hardware enter operational service in Iran and Syria, because it would dangerously destabilizing the Middle East arms balance. Nonetheless, confirmation of the sale has come from the horse

Added: May-4-2009 Occurred On: May-3-2009
By: wrano
Iran, News, Middle East
Tags: Iran, Syria, Belarus, Russia, Israel, Iskander-M, S-300, Tensions
Location: Minsk, Minsk, Belarus (load item map)
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