Russia has lifted a ban on the sale of a sophisticated air-defense system to Iran, drawing criticism from the United States & Israel. " The big concern in the West ... & especially in Israel is that these Russian missiles will be able to help shield Iran's nuclear facilities from any future airstrikes " said CNN senior international correspondent Matthew Chance.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the move Monday to end the ban on shipping the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran was prompted by the recent progress in talks over Tehran's nuclear program. The ban had been in place since 2010. " We are convinced that at this stage, there's no more need of such an embargo, Russia's separate voluntary embargo," Lavrov said, according to the Russian news agency Tass.
The decision was also applauded by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who called the move " a step in the right direction. We are looking to ever expanding our relationship with our neighbors, as well as with the rest of the world " Zarif said in Madrid, alongside his Spanish counterpart. " But Russia is an important neighbor for us , an important partner." Another Iranian official, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, said his country will receive delivery of the air-defense system by the end of the year, Iranian state media reported.
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PROPHECY INSIGHTS - In fore-telling the events of the ' end-times ' - God's Word consistently speaks of the ' latter day ' Medes / Persians / Elam ( modern day IRAN ) in conjunction with weapons such as ' bows , arrows ' & their ' quivers '. These descriptive ' metaphorical ' terms in scripture were essential to ensure the prophecies could be understood throughout all ages , but also unmistakably portrays the nature of these latter-day weapons , particularly favoured by Iran. As we see this radical Islamic regime in Tehran expand its deadly missile arsenals & continue to vigorously pursue its ultimate goal of nuclear-armed ballistic missiles , how interesting & remarkable that over 2,000 years ago , the prophet Jeremiah in describing God's coming judgments on this evil regime , actually identified that these metaphorical ' bows & arrows ' would be " the chief " weapon of Iran.
ISAIAH 13 v 17 - Behold, I will stir up the Medes ( Iran ) against them ( Iraq ) . . . Their ' bows ' also shall dash the young men to pieces ; & they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb ; their eye shall not spare children. And Babylon ( Iraq ) the glory of kingdoms . . . shall be as when God overthrew Sodom & Gomorrah.
JEREMIAH 51 v 11 - ' Make bright ' the ' arrows ' ; gather the shields : the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes ( Iran ) : for his device is against Babylon ( Iraq ) , to destroy it ;
ISAIAH 22 v 5 - For it is a day of trouble & of treading down & of perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls & of crying to the mountains . . . & Elam ( Iran ) bare the ' quiver ' with chariots of men & horsemen, & Kir uncovered the shield.
JEREMIAH 49 v 35-39 - Thus saith the LORD of hosts ; Behold , I will break the ' bow ' of Elam ( Iran ) ' the chief ' of their might. And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven & will scatter them toward all those winds ; & there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come. For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies , & before them that seek their life : & I will bring evil upon them , even my fierce anger , saith the LORD ; & I will send the sword after them , till I have consumed them : And I will set my throne in Elam & will destroy from thence the king & the princes, saith the LORD . . . But it shall come to pass ' in the latter days ' . . .