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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.
“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