Russia defends its short-sighted and ultimately suicidal dealings with the chief supporters of the Chechen jihadists. From MosNews, :
The Russian defense minister on Wednesday defended Moscow’s deal to supply air defense missiles to Iran, saying they were purely defensive weapons with a limited range, the Associated Press news agency reports.
“I wish to underline that these systems cannot be used in offensive operations,” Sergei Ivanov told Russia Today television in an interview broadcast early Wednesday. “Secondly, they have a limited use as they are capable of protecting a small part of the Iranian territory.”
Moscow has refused to bow to Western pressure and cancel its US 700 million contract to sell 29 Tor-M1 air defense missile systems to Iran, which was signed last December.