Posts Tagged ‘Missiles

16
Dec
09

US-Russia continue to discuss over arm reduction

Russia and the United States will continue talks on a successor deal to the expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-1) in Geneva later this week. Exciting talks I guess between nationalist Russia and Peace Nobel Price America… 

“The talks are expected to continue next week” in Geneva, Russian news agencies quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying.

Moscow and Washington have been in intensive nuclear disarmament talks since July. Officials from both sides have recently expressed confidence in striking a new arms cuts agreement soon.

The START-1, signed in 1991 between the Soviet Union and the United States, obliged both sides to reduce their nuclear warheads to 6,000 and delivery vehicles to 1,600.

A follow-up agreement concluded in Moscow in 2002, known as the Moscow Treaty, envisioned cuts to 1,700-2,200 warheads by December2012.

President Dmitry Medvedev and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama announced at their first meeting in April that the two countries would find a replacement for the START-1 as part of their efforts to “reset” strained ties.

The new treaty’s outline agreed by the presidents at a July summit in Moscow included slashing nuclear arsenals to 1,500-1,675operational warheads and delivery vehicles to 500-1,000.

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13
Nov
09

Russian missiles to Iran: Israel pressures finally paid

Iranian government is getting upset after Russia’s reluctancy to deliver them due S300 missiles. I talked about this issue few weeks ago and I remember some friends of mine called me a “conspirationnist”. It seems that Teheran’s reaction confirms the whole story: Russia secretly delivered S300 missiles to Iran, Israel hijacked a cargo freighing the missiles, Netanyahu went to Moscow in order to explain Medvedev he would not accept this type of deal.

Well, apparently, Netanyahu has been convincing and Medvedev decided to halt the delivery. Iran is getting more and more isolated.

Find bellow an article on this story from Rianovosti:

MOSCOW, November 13 (RIA Novosti) – A top Iranian military official on Friday urged Russia to honor its bilateral military contract and deliver the promised S-300 surface-to-air missiles, the Mehr news agency reported.

Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi said Russia was six months behind schedule with deliveries of advanced air-defense systems.

“Why haven’t they delivered the S-300 missiles? Six months have now passed since they were supposed to deliver them,” he said.

Russia signed a contract with Iran on the supply of S-300 air defense systems to the Islamic Republic in December 2005. However, there have been no official reports on the start of the contract’s implementation since then.

The possible deliveries of S-300 missiles to Iran have aroused serious concern in the West and in Israel.

“Russia has to fulfill the contract and not be influenced by Zionist pressure,” Firouzabadi said.

A Russian government official on Thursday said Moscow would not freeze the contract as a concession to the United States.

The official denied media speculations that Russia could freeze the Iranian contract in exchange for Washington’s decision not to place interceptor missiles in Poland and a missile tracking radar in the Czech Republic.

The latest version of the S-300 series is the S-300PMU2 Favorit, which has a range of up to 195 kilometers (about 120 miles) and can intercept aircraft and ballistic missiles at altitudes from 10 meters to 27 kilometers.

It is considered one of the world’s most effective all-altitude regional air defense systems, comparable in performance to the U.S. MIM-104 Patriot system.

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi urged Russia on Wednesday to fulfill its contract on the supply of S-300 air defense systems to Iran.