Reported Israeli intelligence provided to Russia of Iran providing Hezbollah with arms results in Putin freezing S-300 missile system delivery to Iran
Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to freeze its shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile to system to Iran. According Kuwait’s Al-Jarida, Russia’s deicison to halt the arms delivery came after Israel provided Russia with intelligence that Iran violated an agreement with Russia, more than one, when it provided “sophisticated Russian-made weaponry”(SA-22 surface-to-air missile system) to the terrorist organization Hezbollah.
The $800 million arms sale to Iran was the first major arms deal reinstated during the creation of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The deal was suspended in 2010 due to United Nation’s Security Council’s sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
According to the report, Russian pilots in Syria have reported surface-to-air missile systems in Hezbollah regions in Lebanon.
Israel has been clear and vocal in exposing Iran’s support and weapons provision to Hezbollah, Netanyahu addressing the issue with Putin several times over the past year. Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on earlier this year where the leaders held a three-hour meeting on Russian military developments and presence in Syria. Netanyahu stated following their meeting that a “red phone” would be established with Putin in order to coordinate and communicate Russian military activity with Israel.
Additionally, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot met with Russian Army General Valery Gerasimov, announcing that a task force would be established for military coordination.