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Russia has taken steps to block possible strike on Iran: report

Source: Mehr News Agency, Thran

The Israeli website DEBKAfile reported on April 8 that Russia has taken measures to block a possible U.S.-Israeli strike on Iran from the north.

According to the report, after blocking the way to direct Western and Arab military intervention in Syria through the Mediterranean, Russia sent its Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last week on a round trip to the capitals of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan - an expedition designed to secure Iran against a potential U.S.-Israeli attack via its northern and eastern neighbors.

On his return to Moscow, April 6, the Russian army let it be known that highly-advanced mobile S-400 surface-to-air missiles had been moved into Kaliningrad, the Baltic enclave bordered by Poland and Lithuania, its response to U.S. plans for an anti-Iran missile shield system in Europe and the Middle East.

In Yerevan, the Russian minister finalized a deal for the establishment of an advanced Russian radar station in the Armenian mountains to counter the U.S. radar set up at the Turkish Kurecik air base.

Just as the Turkish station (notwithstanding Ankara's denials) will trade data on incoming Iranian missiles with the U.S. station in the Israeli Negev, the Russian station in Armenia will share input with Tehran.

Copyright (c) 2012 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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