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Russia to Send Missiles and Grain to Iran

Ever since Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu went to Tehran in January to sign a military cooperation deal, the question had remained whether Vladimir Putin would take the next step of lifting the ban on the sale of S-300 rockets, originally imposed by Dmitry Medvedev in 2010 as part of the UN sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program. That question has been answered today: Putin has lifted the ban.

Additionally, Russia on Monday launched a new trading scheme with Iran, according to the Moscow Times:

“I wanted to draw your attention to the rolling out of the oil-for-goods deal, which is on a very significant scale,” [Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei] Ryabkov told Russian senators.

“In exchange for Iranian crude oil supplies, we are delivering certain products. This is not banned or limited under the current sanctions regime,” he added, declining to give more details.

That international sanctions regime, which President Obama has been so confident could be “snapped back” in case of Iranian backsliding on the terms of the deal, is looking less and less effective—thanks in large part to our friend Vladimir Putin.

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  • Dan Greene

    >>”That international sanctions regime, which President Obama has been so confident could be “snapped back” in case of Iranian backsliding on the terms of the deal, is looking less and less effective”

    How so? The Moscow Times piece quotes Putin as saying explicitly that the exchange does not violate the provisions of the international sanctions put in place by the UNSC.

    Had TAI wanted to provide us with an actual value-added article, they would have taken Putin’s claim and analyzed it. If there is no violation of the UNSC sanctions, then the article’s insinuation that a “snap-back” will be ineffective is unsupported.

    • JR

      Wait, Valdimir Putin said it’s OK??? Thank god, I feel so much better!!!

  • theresanursemom

    Once again, Mr Putin deploys the diplomatic middle finger to Mr Obama. All these diplomatic “resets” initiated by the Obama administration have had roughly the same effect on American prestige in the world that dropping the bar of soap in a crowded prison shower room would have on one’s hemorrhoid inflammation…

  • qet

    Missiles and grain: the 21st century version of guns and butter?

  • Arkeygeezer

    The United States has sanctions against Iran. The United States has sanctions against Russia. So Russia and Iran strike up a trade relationship. The reason the Obama administration is desperate to get a deal on Iran is because its European partners also want to trade with Iran. If the U.S. leaves the table, the rest of the G-5+EU will negotiate a deal without us.

  • GS

    Hopefully, Bibi will take care of it. Indeed, he will have to.

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