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Russia’s move to lift a ban on missile sales to Iran drew objections from the U.S. and Israel, who called the move a direct result of nuclear talks.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday lifted a five-year ban on delivery of the S-300 air defense missile system. It would significantly bolster the Islamic republic’s military capability by providing a strong deterrent against any air attack.
The White House said Secretary of State John Kerry had raised concerns over the move in a conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf later told reporters that the U.S. has “certainly made our concerns with the sale of the S-300 system to Iran known for some time.”
“We don’t believe it’s constructive at this time for Russia to move forward with this,” she said Monday. “We think given Iran’s destabilizing actions in the region in places like Yemen or Syria or Lebanon that this isn’t the time to be selling these kinds of systems to them.”
Read more: NBC News