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Russia arms sale to Iran shows economic weakness: US

A Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system launcher in central St. Petersburg on April 28, 2014The White House suggested Thursday that Moscow’s move to lift its ban on supplying anti-aircraft systems to Iran shows the weakness of Russia’s sanctions-hit economy. This month, Russia lifted a ban on selling Iran its advanced S-300 missile system, triggering concern that this could embolden Tehran in its nuclear stand-off with the West. White House spokesman Josh Earnest reiterated US concerns Thursday, and said the administration had spoken to senior government officials in Russia about the decision.

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