On the radar, but not unexpected, Russia has begun it’s reemergence into a hugh pain in our ass:

Russia has begun deliveries of the Tor-M1 air defence rocket system to Iran, Russian news agencies quoted military industry sources as saying, in the latest sign of a Russian-US rift over Iran.

“Deliveries of the Tor-M1 have begun. The first systems have already been delivered to Tehran,” ITAR-TASS quoted an unnamed, high-ranking source as saying Friday.

The United States has pressed Russia to halt military sales to Iran, which Washington accuses of harbouring secret plans to build a nuclear weapon.

Moscow has consistently defended its weapons trade with Iran. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said the contract for 29 rocket systems, signed in December last year, was legitimate because the Tor-M1 has a purely defensive role.

ITAR-TASS reported that the rockets were to be deployed around Iran’s nuclear sites, including the still incomplete, Russian-built atomic power station at Bushehr.”

In case anyone has missed it, the Russian Bear has been rising again over the last few years. Not to reemerge in the traditional cold war sence but as an entirely different entity. First, Russia could give a flip about Iran, their only interest being economic and alliance building.

“Russia’s inability to secure larger investments from the West is influenced by the country’s internal problems–rampant corruption, bureaucratic mismanagement, and crumbling socio-economic infrastructure–which lie behind the facade of steady growth. The economic shortfall here then provides an additional incentive for Russians to argue that they need to sell sophisticated weaponry and dual-use items to states like China, India, Syria, and Iran as legitimate trade operations. There should be no problem in doing this, Russia claims, as it pledges strict observance of nonproliferation and export control treaties. In any case, these weapons systems and technology find few eager or legal customers in the West or Western-aligned countries.

The rationale for these connections is not solely economic. Moscow is promoting its own network of alliances, ostensibly to offset current U.S. unilateralism and strengthen its position as the leading global player. Indeed, Russia has regained much ground, even if it still falls short of the international role it enjoyed during the existence of the USSR.”

Both Russian and China signed an agreement back in 2005 to work against what they percieve as a growing US influence in the east. It would appear that Russia is trying to shore up “friends” in Iran and subsequently Syria and other rogue nations to offset our influence and thus have a stronger influence themselves in the world.