Due to pressure from the US, Russia backed down from selling the advanced S-300 interceptor battery to Iran to protect the reactor. But, Debkafile sources are reporting that they have instead placed the batteries in Abkhazia and air defense weapons in South Ossetia. Moscow officially said the move was to combat a threat from Georgia. However, Israeli officials say they made the move in case the US and/or Israel decides to bomb the reactor (Debkafile).