“The Iranian people have the right to defend themselves as much as any other nation,” George Galloway told Sputnik.
The move sparked concern in Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to warn that this move would only increase Iran's belligerence and undermine stability in the Middle East. Netanyahu said Jerusalem could start sending weapons to war-torn Ukraine in response.
Tehran is “openly and daily being threatened by their secretly nuclear armed super power [neighbor], Israel,” Galloway said.
The deal between Russia and Iran on the delivery of five S-300 PMU-1 systems, worth $800 million, was agreed in 2007. In 2010, then-President Dmitry Medvedev suspended the agreement after the UN Security Council introduced an embargo on arms deliveries to Iran over concerns it was developing nuclear weapons.