‘Russia to stop any attack on Iran’
Russia: Russia will try to stop any military attack on Iranian
nuclear facilities as any threat to the Islamic Republic is a problem
for Moscow, a Russian military expert told Press TV. Vladimir Yevseyev,
the director of the Russian Center for Socio-Political Studies, told
Press TV on Saturday that “a military attack against Tehran will be a
serious problem for Russia, because Caucasus and Central Asia are
strategic regions for Russia.”
He also described the downing of a US spy drone by Iran’s Army a
great achievement, saying the United States has violated Iran’s airspace
which is against the international law.
Yevseyev added that Russia will also intercept any drones if they
want to enter the Russian territory, noting that Russia can use the
Iranian experience in downing the US drone.
He also called for closer cooperation between Tehran and Moscow to
solve the regional problems.
Iranian Army’s electronic warfare unit successfully brought down the
US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft with minimal damage on Sunday,
December 4, 2011. The aircraft was flying over the northeastern Iran
city of Kashmar, some 225 kilometers (140 miles) away from the Afghan
On December 6, two US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity,
confirmed that the drone had been part of a US Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA) espionage mission, involving the US intelligence community
stationed in Afghanistan.
They said the reconnaissance capability of the drone enabled it to
gather information from inside Iran by flying along Afghanistan’s border
with the Islamic Republic. The RQ-170 is designed and developed by the
US Lockheed Martin Company.