Russia to support Iran nuclear deal
Everyone seems inclined to assist in the Middle East these days, and especially Russia. Putin is now getting his game rolling as met Iran’s new president for the first time. The objective of Putin is to place the entire Middle East under Russia’s protection, starting with a special nuclear deal for Iran. Putin would offer to supply Iran S-300 air defence missile systems as well as build a second reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant. The S-300 offer would be a particularly contentious development given it would essentially revive a contract for similar missile systems that Russia cancelled in 2010 after heavy Israeli and US pressure. Putin’s meeting with the leader of Moscow’s long-standing regional ally comes shortly after he hosted Western powers for a G20 summit focused on Syria in Saint Petersburg last week. Putin will make significant concessions to Iran by offering to supply Tehran with five S-300 ground-to-air missile systems. Russia in 2007 signed a contract to deliver five of the advanced S-300 ground-to-air weapons systems — which can take out aircraft or guided missiles — to Iran at a cost of $800 million. In 2010, then president Dmitry Medvedev cancelled the contract after coming under strong US and Israeli pressure not to go ahead with the sale of the weapons system, drawing vehement protests from Tehran. Now it seems, in light of the event happening in Syria, that Russia would rather help the neighbours including to get arms, instead of losing them either definitely or to the West.