Putin Defends Missile Deal With Iran, Says No Russian Troops In Ukraine

April 16, 2015 4:20 PM

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Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his decision to sell a long-range air-defense missile system to Iran, criticized the West for its treatment of Moscow, called "tragic" the killing of an opposition figure and said Ukraine was not living up commitments made in a recent peace deal. His comments were part of a four-hour-long call-in TV show that has become an annual tradition.

Putin said Russia was selling the S-300 missiles to Iran because the Islamic republic has shown "a great degree of flexibility and a desire to reach compromise" in talks with six world powers, including Russia, over its nuclear program. He said the missiles did not pose a threat to Israel, adding it...

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