Russian arms sale to Iran without approval would violate ban, US says

By REUTERS
February 19, 2016 00:45

 
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A reported sale of Russian combat aircraft to Iran would violate a UN arms embargo if it occurred without advance UN Security Council approval, the US State Department said on Thursday.

Russia's RIA news agency on Wednesday reported that Russia will this year sign a contract to sell a batch of its Sukhoi Su-30SM multi-role fighters to Iran.

As the United States and five other major powers negotiated the July 14 nuclear deal with Iran, the six agreed to maintain a ban on conventional arms sales to Iran for five years unless they were blessed in advance by the Security Council.

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