White House spokesman Josh Earnest suggested Thursday that Moscow’s move to lift its ban on supplying anti-aircraft systems to Iran shows the weakness of Russia’s economy after being hit by sanctions.
Earnest, who was quoted by AFP, was responding to Russia’s decision this week to lift a ban on selling Iran its advanced S-300 missile system.
He reiterated Washington’s concerns over the move, and said the administration had spoken to senior government officials in Russia about the decision.
But he suggested Moscow may have been driven by economic desperation rather than just a desire to stir trouble for the West.
“It isn’t a particular surprise that Russia may be pretty desperate to generate some income,” Earnest told reporters, according to AFP.
“It actually does indicate that Russia’s willingness to engage in a controversial transaction like this one is an indication of how weakened their economy has become,” he added.
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