'Russia to pay Iran $800m. for S-300 cancellation'

Sale of missile systems had been canceled after UN sanctions; Russian FM quoted as saying moves against Iran are a "violation."

By JPOST.COM STAFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 7, 2010 12:47
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S-300 MISSILES on their launcher trucks.

S-300 MISSILES on launcher trucks 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Russia will pay Iran $800 million to compensate for canceling the delivery of S-300 missile systems, Sergei Chemezov, head of state-controlled conglomerate Russian Technologies told Reuters on Thursday.

Russia cancelled the sale in late September, due to UN sanctions on Iran.

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"A decision has been taken not to supply the S-300 to Iran, they undoubtedly fall under sanctions," the ITAR-TASS news agency quoted Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov as saying.

"There has been an instruction from the country's leadership to stop the deliveries, and we are obeying it," Makarov added, according to state-run RIA-Novosti news agency.

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he opposes the sanctions.

"They are a violation, even without mentioning the legal aspect," he said.

Lavrov appeared to take issue with separate sanctions passed against Iran by the US and EU in addition to the UN Security Council sanctions.

"If we work jointly, and if our Western partners are saying all the time that it is necessary to maintain a consolidated position on Iran, we need to decide whether we will have a consolidated position on all issues... but if something cannot be achieved, individual states will do it beyond agreements reached with the Security Council."

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi also criticized the Russians following the announcement that the S-300 deal would be canceled.


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