US Opposes Sale of Russian Anti-Ballistic Missile System to Iran
The United States is opposed to Russia selling the Antey-2500 anti-ballistic missile system to Iran following reports that Russia is considering providing Tehran with the advanced system, US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Monday.
"We've seen these reports and once we have more details… we will certainly raise this at the appropriate levels," Psaki said at a press briefing. Moscow reportedly previously cancelled a 2010 agreement to sell the S-300 surface-to-air weapons system to Teheran. "If reports are true that Russia has decided not to sell the S-300 system to Iran we would certainly welcome that, but we would have similar objections to the Antey-2500 system," Psaki sdded.
Iran is considering the purchase of the Antey-2500 system, said Sergei Chemezov, the head of Russian state defense and technology conglomerate Rostec at a weapons expo in the United Arab Emirates on Monday. The more advanced Antey-2500 anti-ballistic missile system is capable of shooting down short and medium range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. Chemezov is on the list of persons covered by the US sanctions against Russia.