MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's arms export agency says Moscow is supplying Iran with defensive weapons, but will not say whether the shipments include sophisticated long-range S-300 missiles.
The Interfax news agency later quoted an unidentified Russian military official as saying the missiles will be delivered to Iran soon from Russian Defense Ministry warehouses. The Russian Defense Ministry could not be reached for comment.
The United States and Israel both oppose having S-300s in the hands of the Iranians. Washington and Israel fear Iran would use the missiles to protect its first nuclear power plant now under construction by Russian contractors. That would make any potential military strike on the plant much more difficult.
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