Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Moscow daily Vremya Novostei today that Iran has no need to proceed with its nuclear enrichment program now that Russia is delivering it the fuel for its nuclear reactor.
Lavrov said by ending the enrichment program Iran will end any suspension that it still operates a secret nuclear weapon program. He suggested Iran will benefit by suspending its enrichment program, including a normalization of relations with the US.
Lavrov stated Russia would support new sanctions against Iran if it did not stop its enrichment program.
Russia also announced today that it will sell Iran its most advanced S-300 air defense system capable of shooting down any US or Israeli jet fighters.
The combination of offering Iran advanced military hardware and nuclear fuel and at the same time threatening it with new sanctions are seen as part of a complex Russian policy to change Iran’s behavior and in the process turning Iran into a Russian client.