MacArthur Condemns Russia's Arms Deal with Iran
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur condemned Russia's announcement that they would move forward with a 2007 contract to deliver the S-300 missile defense system to Iran, and called on Secretary of State John Kerry to prevent the delivery of these arms to Iran:
"Vladimir Putin has shown yet again that he has no respect for anyone but himself," MacArthur said. "The Kremlin's announcement that Russia lifted their ban on the delivery of the S-300 missile defense system to Iran is a direct threat to the stability of the Middle East, the security of our allies, and any hopes of an international agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
"We cannot make any progress towards peace in the Middle East when Russia continues to taunt our allies and support the radical regime in Iran," MacArthur continued. "While on our Congressional Delegation to Eastern Europe with Members of the House Armed Services Committee, I saw firsthand how those countries have suffered under the same sort of Russian aggression."
"That's why I am urging Secretary of State John Kerry to prevent the delivery of these arms to Iran, and make it clear that the United States will not lift sanctions against Iran if this deal moves forward," MacArthur added. "Putin’s thuggish disregard for international law and regional stability is placing American lives, American interests, and American allies at risk, and it must be not be permitted."
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