Ahmadinejad: Russia has sold us out to our enemies

Iranian president condemns Russian decision to renege on deal to supply country with S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, calls US influence "Satan."

November 3, 2010 13:32
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FILE -- In a Feb. 11, 2008 file photo Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaks during a rally t

Ahmadinejad 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned Russia's decision not to supply Iran with S-300 missiles in accordance with a previous agreement on Wednesday.

Speaking at a rally that was broadcast live on Iranian television, Ahmadinejad told his gathered audience that "some people who are under the influence of Satan [the US] thought that if they can unilaterally and illegally cancel some defense agreements that they have with us, it will hurt the Iranian nation"

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He went on to accuse Russia of "selling out" to Iran's enemies and said that in his eyes, the original deal is still valid and therefore should be executed.

In September, Russia canceled plans to supply Iran with the anti-aircraft missiles due to UN sanctions imposed against the country.

"A decision has been taken not to supply the S-300 to Iran, they undoubtedly fall under sanctions," the ITAR-TASS news agency quoted Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov as saying at the time.

The system, the S-300, is one of the most advanced multi-target anti-aircraft-missile systems in the world, with a reported ability to track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time. It has a range of about 200 kilometers and can hit targets at altitudes of 90,000 feet.

Iran signed a deal with Russia to buy the system in 2007.

Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.

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