Netanyahu objects to Russia’s missile move

JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed Israel’s “grave concerns” over Moscow’s decision to lift a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defence missile systems.

In a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Mr Netanyahu warned that such a step “would only increase Iran’s aggressiveness in the region and would undermine the security of the Middle East”, a statement from his office said.

The Kremlin said that “Putin explained in detail the logic of actions of the Russian leadership” during the call, which was initiated by Mr Netanyahu.

An ensuing statement from the Israeli premier called the “sale of advanced weaponry to Iran” a “direct result of the dangerous deal on the table between Iran and the P5+1”.

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