Posts Tagged ‘missile


Missile sale to Iran: will Russia resist to Israeli pressures?

Russian military deals to Iran are obviously getting more and more controversial those days among Western powers, especially United States and Israel. The two countries are consistantly asking Russia to give up a military deal to provide Iran with a Russian missile defense system which could protect its nuclear facilities from air strikes.

A cleric in the Revolutionary Guards again warned Iran would hit back with missiles fired at “the heart of Tel Aviv” if it were attacked by its arch-foe Israel.

Russia is under intense Western pressure to distance itself from Iran in a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program, but has refused to rule out delivering the S-300 anti-aircraft system.

Iranian officials have expressed growing irritation at Russia’s failure so far to supply the S-300, which Israel and the United States do not want Tehran to have.

“Iran expects Russia not to be influenced and pressured by other countries,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told a news conference.

“We hope this issue will reach a conclusion in the framework of our agreements,” he said.

Analysts say the S-300 could help Iran thwart any attempt by Israel or the United States — which have refused to rule out military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the atomic row — to bomb its nuclear facilities.

The truck-mounted S-300PMU1, known in the West as the SA-20, can shoot down cruise missiles and aircraft. It has a range of 150 km (90 miles) and travels at more than two km per second.

Washington is seeking support from Russia for tougher U.N. sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, which the West suspects is intended to produce nuclear weapons. Tehran says it is for power generation only.

Israel has hinted it could attack Iran in an effort to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Iran has threatened to retaliate for any attack by firing missiles at Israel, which is believed to have the Middle East’s only atomic arsenal.

“If Iran’s enemies target the country with their missiles, before the dust settles, the dust of our missiles will be seen in the heart of Tel Aviv,” the semi-official Fars news agency quoted cleric Mojtaba Zolnour as saying.

Zolnour, who has made similar statements before, is a deputy of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative in the elite Guards force.


what really happened to the Russian hijacked cargo!!!

In a previous post, few weeks ago, I mentioned some theories and rumours I heard in Moscow streets about the Artic Sea, the cargo which mysteriously disappeared in Northern European waters, before reappearing ten days later in West Africa.

The boat was carrying a one million dollars freight of timber, which seemed to anyone quite a small profit for such a kamikaze operation in some of the most controlled sea region.

As I had heard quite a few times in Moscow, I talked about nuclear weapons secretly transfered. The truth does not seem that far from my prior hypothesis. Would Russia have sent some of its best warships to seize the cargo so fast for lumber?

What most people (well informed people of course!!!) now believe and openly say is that the ship was actually carrying ground-air missiles to Iran.

Israeli intelligence, which is planning a air attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, heard about the freight and believed this new generation missiles could fail the operation and shot down many Israeli fighters.

Israeli government then decided to send special forces in the Baltic sea to seize the boat (who else than a special force unit could be professional enough to seize a boat in the most populated sea corridor), took control of the boat and took the missiles away.

End of the story??? Not so fast. Russian authorities, and Vladimir Putin especially, got quite upset when they realized what had happened and how they got fooled by Israel. Therefore, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly went to Moscow to settle the issue directly with Medvedev and Putin.

Of course his journey to Russia did not remain secret…