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Feb 01, 2019
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Senior Iranian MP Pishe Calls on Russia to Activate S-300 Systems during Israeli Air Strikes: Russians Should Not Hesitate to Call us Strategic Allies

#6984 | 01:32
Source: Russia Today TV (Russia)

Heshmat-Allah Falahat Pishe, Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee in the Iranian Majlis, was interviewed on Russia Today TV on February 1,2019. Pishe denied that he had accused Russia of collaborating with Israel in Syria against Iran. However, he asked the Russians to activate the S-300 system during Israeli air strike to test it and see whether it works. He said: “Russian, Iranian, and Syrian soldiers shed their blood together in Syria. This blood should not be sacrificed for just any reason. We have achieved a lot [together] and we must continue on this path.” Piche Added: “I do not know why the Russians hesitate to say that our relationship is strategic. We have fought together and Russia is under American sanctions, just like us. In order to deal with that, we expect more cooperation from the Russian side.”

Following are excerpts:

 

Host: [You have stated] that the Russian forces [in Syria] shut down the radars of the S-300 systems when Israel launches its air strikes in Syria.

 

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Heshmat-Allah Falahat Pishe: I did not say that the Russians are collaborating with Israel against Iran. However, I am asking the Russians to activate the S-300 system so that we can test if it is working or not. After all, you have sent this system to Syria. Activate it so we can see how effective it is.

 

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Russian, Iranian, and Syrian soldiers shed their blood together in Syria. This blood should not be sacrificed for just any reason. We have achieved a lot [together] and we must continue on this path. I expect the same from the Russians.

 

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 I do now know why the Russians hesitate to say that our relationship is strategic. We have fought together and Russia is under American sanctions, just like us. In order to deal with that, we expect more cooperation from the Russian side.

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