Russia: No reason not to sell S-300 systems to Iran

Deal not restricted by any int'l sanctions, says deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council.

February 15, 2010 00:03
The Russian S-300 missile system

S-300. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Russia sees no reason to stall on the sale of its S-300 anti-missile systems to Iran, the Kremlin’s powerful Security Council said on Sunday, Reuters reported.

The possible sale of Russian air defense hardware to the Islamic Republic is a major irritant for both Israel and the United States. Both have pressed Moscow not to go ahead with a deal that could protect Iran’s nuclear facilities from air strikes.

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“There is a signed contract [to supply S-300 missiles] which we must implement, but deliveries have not started yet,” Vladimir Nazarov, deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council, told the Interfax news agency in an interview.

“This deal is not restricted by any international sanctions, because the talk is about deliveries of an exclusively defensive weapon,” he said.

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