JERUSALEM – Israel says Russia's decision to sell advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Iran is the "direct result" of the international community's framework nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.
Israel has harshly criticized the U.S.-led nuclear deal, saying it would give Iran relief from sanctions while leaving its nuclear program largely intact. Israel believes Iran still intends to develop a nuclear weapon.
Cabinet minister Yuval Steinitz said the framework agreement helped legitimize Iran and cleared the way for Monday's announcement by Russia.
"This is a direct result of the legitimacy that Iran obtained from the emerging nuclear deal," he said. Steinitz added that the arms deal shows that Iran plans to use the relief from economic sanctions to buy weapons, not improve the living conditions of its people.