Iran not to Take Effective Steps in Gabala Radar: Iranian political Expert
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend D.Khatinoglu / Iran is expected to protest against the final decision on Gabala Radar station, though this country has not responded to the discussions between Russia and the United States.
"It will be just words, but Iran will not take any effective steps," Ahmad Zeydabadi, an Iranian political expert.
The Russian President offered the United States to refuse the AMD system in Poland and Czech Republic in exchange for utilizing the Gabala Radar Station located in Azerbaijan. The proposal was made in June 2007. Though the United States did not alter its plans regarding East Europe, the UDS experts met in Azerbaijan on 18 September to discuss the issue.
Joint use of the radar station by Russia and the United States will result in a harsh response from Iranian officials, Zeydabadi said in a telephone talk from Tehran with Trend on 20 September.
"Indeed, Russia, as a close ally of Iran, will try to soften Tehran's sharp response. Russia should persuade Iran to reconcile with reality. I do not expect Iran to deteriorate its relations with Azerbaijan due to The Gabala RS," he said.
According to Zeydabadi, interest in the Russian President's proposal will not hinder Washington to place an additional anti-missile defense (AMD) in East Europe. "The United States wishes to install AMD in East Europe but not because of Iran. The US plans could be directed against Russia and even China. But this is only a supposition," the political expert stressed. The United States needs the Gabala radar station so as to protect themselves from possible missile attacks from the Middle East and Iran. It is yet unknown how successful the talks on the joint use of Gabala RS will turn out, whereas the United States and Russia have not yet reached common ground," Zeydabadi stressed.
" Russia is Iran's closest ally. Iran's protest on joint use of Gabala radar station by Americans and the Russians will be logical. Russia will reconcile. Tehran is obliged to accept the existing situation and protesting in this case will not be in its favor," the political expert said.