BBC News misleads on Russian S-300 missiles and Iran sanctions

Notwithstanding the confusion surrounding the story, the BBC News website published an article on April 11th titled “Russian S-300 air defence missiles ‘arrive in Iran’” which opens as follows:S 300 art

“Russia is reported to have started delivering S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran, under a deal opposed by Israel, the US and Saudi Arabia.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi-Ansari said “the first stage of the contract has been implemented”.

It is not yet clear how many missiles may have been delivered.

The controversial contract got the go-ahead after international sanctions on Iran were lifted last year.” [emphasis added]

The link in that last sentence leads to a BBC report from April 13th 2015 titled “Russia lifts ban on S-300 missile system delivery to Iran”. The following day the BBC produced an additional report on the same topic – “US concern as Russia lifts ban on Iran arms delivery” – which was discussed here.

When those two articles were published the P5+1 had just reached (on April 2nd 2015) a framework deal with Iran concerning its nuclear programme which – as the BBC itself reported at the time – imposed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programme in return for the gradual lifting of sanctions following verification of Iranian compliance.

Later on in this report readers are correctly informed that:

“The $800m (£562m) contract, signed in 2007, was frozen by Russia in 2010 because of the international sanctions. President Vladimir Putin unfroze it a year ago.” [emphasis added]

The JCPOA was finalised on July 14th 2015 with October 18th 2015 designated as ‘Adoption Day’ and January 16th 2016 as ‘Implementation Day’. According to the agreement the various relevant sanctions imposed by the UN, the EU and the US were to be lifted on ‘Implementation Day’ pending the release of an IAEA report confirming implementation of the terms of the deal by Iran.

In other words, the BBC’s claim that Russia gave the go-ahead to the delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran “after international sanctions on Iran were lifted last year” is inaccurate and materially misleading because the sanctions were not lifted “last year” but nine months after the Russian announcement.

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5 comments on “BBC News misleads on Russian S-300 missiles and Iran sanctions

  1. The good news is that Russia/Putin must always take into account that any weapons system supplied to Iran will always be ‘solved’ by the US, or Israel, within a short period of time and therefor, this weapons system will be useless for any further export earnings. Assuming that it already hasn’t been ‘solved’ by the US.

    This is a dilemma faced by Putin relating to any weapons system that he considers selling to any foe of the the US. Or Israel.

    • What does the ‘solved’ mean exactly? It isn’t just about selling it to Iran to protect Iran. It will have a task of protecting Russia, too, later. Russia is spreading this system everywhere – with Russia’s good air force – so as to cause serious imbalance at war in the future.

  2. Fundamentalist Islam is targeting African Americans in an attempt to bypass security profiling that would normally draw attention to terrorist operations. This approach takes advantage of any resentment toward the white establishment and provides Fundamentalist Islam with terrorists who do not fit the usual profiles.

    Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri, number-two man in Al Qaeda, has stated publicly: “I want blacks in America to know that we are waging jihad to lift oppression from all mankind.”

    What Zawahiri does not say is that Mohammed disliked the black race immensely and referred to them as “raisin heads” several times in the Hadith (1:662; 9:256). Throughout the Hadith, blacks are also referred to abeds, which means “black” in Arabic, and is also synonymous with “slave” or “filth”. In fact, Arab Muslims have enslaved blacks for 1,400 years, and the black slave trade is still thriving in the Sudan and Mauritania.

    In examining the relationship between blacks and Islam, readers will be surprised to find that throughout history, Islam has placed blacks on the same level as barn animals. Moreover, the barn is where most enslaved blacks are relegated after they are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam or die.

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (chapter 4, page 82) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2008, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

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