Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on Russia’s sale of the S-300 anti-aircraft system to Iran.

“I am deeply disturbed by reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to supply Iran with the sophisticated S-300 anti-aircraft system and construct a second nuclear reactor at Bushehr. If confirmed, this would be a clear indication that Putin is simply not serious about achieving a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear crisis. It is particularly disappointing that Moscow would pursue this dangerous course at a time when we are considering a Russian proposal to secure and destroy weapons of mass destruction held by another despotic regime in the Middle East.”