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Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, January 18, 2016

Arms deals must remain taboo

Iran will now become an Eldorado for profiteers, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny predicts: "Many people are happy that the deal negotiated with Iran last year will improve the situation there. Iran will have no nuclear weapons and will once again engage in international cooperation. Those who hold this view won't complain that Czech businessmen will also be travelling to Tehran to vie with competitors from all over the world who have suddenly rediscovered Iran as a huge market. ... However at least one thing should remain taboo: the sale of weapons. Russia has already sold Iran S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems. Now it's negotiating the delivery of T-90 tanks and Su-30 fighter jets. If we don't want to end up completely cynical we shouldn't behave like Vladimir Putin."

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