Tehran to sue Russia over S-300 contract

August 25, 2011 15:00


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Iranian ambassador to Russia Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi announced on Thursday that Iran has filed a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice for failing to deliver the S-300 air defense system to Iran, Iranian semi-official news agency Fars News reported.

The Islamic Republic signed a contract with Russia in 2007 which guaranteed the delivery of "at least five" S-300 air defense systems, according to the report.

Russia, however, claimed that UN Security Council Resolution 1929, which sanctions Iran for harboring a secret nuclear weapons program and failing to comply with requests by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect nuclear facilities, does not allow the transfer of the air defense systems to Iran, the report said.

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