Russia-Iran, Failed Deal: Analysts Speak Of Armenia'S Position In The Region
Karine Ionesyan

News | 29.09.10 | 16:13

The deal on delivery of Russian S-300 air defense system to Iran

Russian expert on political conflicts and member of the Russian Public
Council Maxim Shevchenko has called on Armenians and Azerbaijanis to
avoid the fate of becoming tools in the hands of Western politicians
against authorities in Tehran, as he commented on Russia's decision
to denounce the contract of delivering the S-300 anti-aircraft missile
system to Iran.

"The situation around Iran has so much complicated the situation in
the region that a collective stifling of Tehran, which is now taking
place, is simply a direct path to war," said Shevchenko.

"By no means do I support tough sanctions that Russia has set to the
Islamic Republic of Iran because there is no way of development behind
these sanctions. On the other hand, Russia supplies military complexes
to Azerbaijan and Armenia, thereby creating for Iran an illusion
of threat coming from the Caucasus," said the analyst, adding that
Iran has not only its own direct political interest in the region,
but also maintains relations with both Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Russia signed a contract to deliver S-300 air defense complexes to
Iran at the end of 2007 and was supposed to deliver five divisions
of S-300PMU-1 systems to the country in the total sum of nearly $800
million. However, on September 22, President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev
banned that sale.

Meanwhile Richard Giragosian, director of the Yerevan-based Armenian
Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS), believes the
decision had a positive influence on Armenia. After such a decision
Armenia will become the only mediator country, which will regulate
Iran's relations with the West, because there is a concern of war
between Iran and western countries.

"Armenia became the only military force with a neutral role in the
region and Russia's only friend and ally," Giragosian told ArmeniaNow.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy
and National Security of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, did not
exclude that his country would sue Russia and demand compensation.

Meanwhile the United States White House statement says it strongly
welcomes Russia's president Medvedev's decision to ban Russian
supplies in line with United Nations sanctions against he Islamic
republic over its nuclear program.

Armenian Political analyst Yervand Bozoyan believe the decision is
not favorable for Armenia, and presupposes that Iran-Turkey relations
will deepen, strengthening Turkey's role in the region.

From: A. Papazian