Defense Ministry's Gilad urges Russia not to sell weapons to Iran

Amos Gilad, the head of the Defense Ministry's Diplomatic-Security Bureau, urged Russia not to sell weapons to Iran that could be used to attack Israel. The Interfax news agency quoted Gilad as saying Israel expects Russia to respect his country's interests. Gilad was visiting Moscow Friday and was quoted in response to a question about possible deliveries of the Russian S-300 air defense missiles to Iran. Some Russian media have claimed that a deal has already been struck to sell the missiles, but Russian officials have denied it. The missiles would make any potential Israeli strike at Iran's first nuclear power plant - which Russia is helping to build - more difficult.