Posted by: Chuck | September 13, 2013

Putin to offer Iran ‘arms, nuclear deal’ at summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Iran’s new president for the first time this week, reportedly armed with an offer to supply missile systems and build a second nuclear power reactor that is likely to gladden Tehran and trouble the United States. President Hassan Rowhani is set to meet Putin on the sidelines of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization held in Kyrgyzstan on Friday, in the newly-elected centrist cleric’s first meeting with a major world leader. The Kommersant daily reported Wednesday that Putin would offer to supply Iran S-300 air defense missile systems as well as build a second reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant. The S-300 offer would be a particularly contentious development given it would essentially revive a contract for similar missile systems that Russia cancelled in 2010 after heavy Israeli and US pressure. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Kommersant that Putin and Rowhani were expected to discuss “working together in the nuclear energy sphere” and “questions of military technical cooperation” at the summit in Bishkek. (Source: AFP News 9/12/13)




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