Call from Netanyahu: Israel is concerned about possible supply of S-400 to Iran.

By | October 7, 2020

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin today, October 7, had a telephone conversation. The head of government of the Jewish state congratulated the Russian leader on his birthday and discussed a number of issues with him including possible delivery of anti-aircraft missile systems (SAMs) of С-400 to Iran. The Times of Israel newspaper reports about this with reference to the office of the Israeli prime minister.

Netanyahu raised the issue in a conversation with Putin after Russia’s ambassador to Tehran this week called it possible for Iran to acquire S-400 if the Islamic Republic expresses interest.

The leaders of the two countries also discussed the situation in Syria and the joint fight against Covid-19 coronavirus, Netanyahu said in his office.

Russia is ready to supply S-400 SAM system to Iran, said Ambassador of Russia in IRI Levan Dzhagaryan on October 4. “As you know, (SAMs) of S-300 were delivered to Iran. Russia has no problems with the delivery of S-400 and it was not a problem from the very beginning”, – the diplomat noted in his interview to Iranian newspaper Resalat.

Moscow is not afraid of Washington’s threats to sell arms to Iran after the expiration of the international embargo against Tehran, established in 2015 by the UN Security Council resolution on October 18, underlined Dzhagaryan. If Iran has specific proposals for the purchase of arms from Russia, they can be thoroughly examined after October 18, the ambassador added.

On September 21, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to impose sanctions on those involved in arms transfers to Iran after the UN Security Council’s 2015 embargo expires this month.

Recall that Iran currently has medium-range complexes Raad and Mersad produced in the country. The Talash and Bavar 373 SAMs are responsible for long-range borders. Also in operation are air defense systems of foreign production. The most effective system to combat air targets in the current arsenal of the Iranian army remains the Russian S-300PMU-2 “Favorite”, delivered in 2016. S-300 divisions cover the airspace above Bandar Abbas, Bashir, Isfahan, and Tehran, where the most important research and production centers, nuclear and military facilities of the Islamic Republic are located.

Moscow and Tehran signed a contract to supply S-300s worth about 900 million dollars back in 2007. However, with the adoption on June 9, 2010, by the UN Security Council of a resolution on Iran, which imposed a ban on the transfer of weapons to it, began the curtailment of military and technical cooperation between Russia and Iran. In April 2015, after progress in the process of negotiations on the nuclear issue between Iran and the “six” international mediators (Russia, the U.S., China, Britain, France, and Germany), President Vladimir Putin lifted the embargo on the supply of S-300 complex to Iran. On November 9, 2015, the contract came into force. On April 11, 2016, the first batch of S-300 received by Iran under a contract with Russia was told by a representative of the IRI Foreign Ministry. On September 21 of the same year, the Russian S-300 Iranian military demonstrated at a parade in Tehran.