Tag: Russia

The IDF is a response to regional threats

Israel has a right to use its military to defend itself against regional threats, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday as he continued his diplomatic battle to stop Russian-made arms from flowing into the hands of Israel’s enemies.   “The meaning of independence, in my view, is, first of all, the ability to defend […]

Russia must halt sale of S-300 to Iran

Russia must halt its planned delivery of the S-300 air-defense system to Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, as he continued to assert that Israel has the right to defend itself against Tehran.   “Israel will do whatever is necessary to defend the security of the state and its citizens,” Netanyahu said at […]

Russia Needs Money

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 […]

Moscow has no S-300 air defense missiles available for Iran

Although Tehran celebrated President Vladimir Putin’s decision to release the S-300 missiles withheld from Iran for five years by an arms embargo, DEBKAfile reports exclusively that Iran can’t hope to take delivery of the advanced air defense systems in the foreseeable future. The Russian military industry is already way behind meeting demands for more S-300 […]

Benjamin Netanyahu to Putin: S-300 missile sale to Iran undermines Middle East

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the sale of S-300 missile systems to Iran would only strengthen its aggressive behavior and undermine the Middle East.   The two leaders spoke by telephone on Tuesday, just one day after Russia ended its voluntary five-year ban on the delivery of the system, which […]

Missile deal between Russia and Iran challenges US influence in Mideast

As the US seeks to minimize its involvement in the chaos and instability of the Middle East, Russia is seeking to fill any vacuum it can.   The US has taken more of a background role in the conflicts spreading across the region, providing logistical and intelligence support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, conducting […]

Japan scrambling warplanes as often as Cold War era amid growing activity by China, Russia

Japan’s government says the number of scrambles by the country’s warplanes has surged in recent years to levels nearly matching the Cold War era amid growing activity by China and Russia in the region.   The Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the Self Air-Defense Force scrambled its jets 943 times during a 12-month period through […]

US concern as Russia lifts ban on Iran arms delivery

Secretary of State John Kerry raised the matter in a phone call with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, the White House said.Russia said the embargo was no longer necessary after an interim deal was reached on Irans nuclear programme.Tehran and six world powers aim to reach a final deal by 30 June.White House spokesman […]

Russia’s S-300 Missiles-for-Iran Move Draws Rebukes From U.S., Israel

Russia’s move to lift a ban on missile sales to Iran drew objections from the U.S. and Israel, who called the move a direct result of nuclear talks.   Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday lifted a five-year ban on delivery of the S-300 air defense missile system. It would significantly bolster the Islamic republic’s […]

Russia foreign ministry attack on Sweden submarine sighting

Over the weekend Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad confirmed to the press that the apparent sighting of a Russian submarine on October 31 last year was in fact just a civilian working boat, after close examination of pictures taken by a former naval officer.   But, he also said, the fact that Russia was sailing submarines around […]