25 September 2010 - 21:28

TEHRAN, Sept. 25 (MNA) -- It may be old hat to repeat the charge that Russia is not a reliable partner for Iran, but recent events have shown that Tehran may need to reassess its relationship with Moscow.

From time to time since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia has tried to pretend that it has distanced itself from Stalinist era tendencies, but Moscow returns to its old habits whenever it deems such a move is in its national interests.

Russian Chief of Staff General Nikolai Makarov’s recent pronouncement, in which he said, “Russia will not deliver S-300 air defense missiles to Iran as planned because such transfers are prohibited under UN sanctions,” is an example of this.

However, Russia’s delay in delivering the S-300 missile system to Iran had already aroused suspicions that Moscow would ask Iran for more money for the missile system, with the help of its political agents and arms dealers.

But it would be unacceptable if Russia unilaterally canceled the contract.

However, what makes the situation worse is the fact that this measure shows that the “superpower of yesterday” has bowed to the pressure of the Zionist regime, a regime which still has difficulty justifying its existence to Middle Eastern states and the rest of the world and is the archenemy of Iran and all Muslims.

In addition, the military cooperation agreement signed by the defense ministers of Russia and Israel on September 9 casts doubt on the future of Tehran-Moscow military cooperation.

Yet, paradoxically, in analyzing Iran-Russia relations, there are still some people in Iran who want to believe the glass is half full.

Although Russia may be able to make some small improvements in its military through the deal with Israel, Russian officials should reflect upon the fact that they are sacrificing their long-term interests for short-term gains.

Russia could also prove its trustworthiness to the world by honoring the contract to sell Iran the S-300 missile system.

(Sept. 24 Tehran Times Perspective Column)


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