Russia sending S-300 systems to Iran

2015-11-09 17:52
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Moscow - Russia is sending an undisclosed number of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran, the head of Russian defence corporation Rostec told reporters at an air show in Dubai.

"The contract with Iran for the S-300s has gone into effect," Sergei Chemezov said, according to state news agency TASS.

"I think that after we have sent the first instalment, Iran will withdraw its legal claims against us," Chemezov said.

Russia and Iran signed a contract to deliver several S-300 systems in 2007, but Russia nixed the deal because of UN sanctions against supplying weapons to the Islamic republic.

In July, Iran reached a nuclear agreement with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, aimed at easing years of tension over suspicions that Tehran's nuclear programme was geared towards producing a bomb - an allegation Iran denies.

The deal is to result in the lifting of sanctions on Iran once Tehran scales down its civilian nuclear programme.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would officially allow his country to sell weapons to Iran.

Read more on:    russia  |  iran  |  iran nuclear programme  |  military

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