He noted that the U.S. defense budget amounts to about $ 600 billion, Iran's is a little lower $ 17 billion. "Even if they got some air defence systems, if we had to, we could penetrate them," says Obama, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.
However, Obama stressed that America was concerned about the deliveries of S-300 to Iran, given the U.S. talks with Iran on its nuclear program. "This is a sale that has been pending for six years. It's of concern, we object to it, particularly because right now we're still negotiating to make sure that they don't get a nuclear weapon," said Obama.
It should be recalled that on April 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree lifting the ban on S-300 deliveries to Iran. The sale of five battalions of S-300PMU-1 consisting of 40 launchers to Tehran was agreed upon in 2007. Three years later, the implementation of the contract was suspended due to international sanctions against the Islamic Republic. A ban on the supply of S-300 missile systems to the Islamic republic was imposed by the former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2010 due to UN sanctions against Iran.
According to some sources, Israel is already thinking of unfreezing the contract on weapon systems sale to Ukraine and Georgia in response to Russia's decision to supply Iran with S-300.