TEHERAN, Iran— The Iranian defense minister has
criticized Russia for banning all sales of S-300 anti-aircraft missile
systems to Iran.
Thursday's comments by Gen. Ahmad Vahidi come a day after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a decree on the ban.
signed a 2007 contract to sell the sophisticated systems that could
boost Iran's ability to defend against air strikes. Israel and the
United States have objected to the deal, and no such missiles have been
Russia has recently has shown increasing
frustration with Iran's policies and has said United Nations sanctions
would prevent it from delivering the S-300s to Iran.
Vahidi told Iranian state TV that the Russians are obliged to implement the 2007 contract.