Country's chief of general staff says sale of advanced anti-aircraft missile was dropped due to UN Security Council sanctions against Teheran.
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Russia has canceled plans to supply Iran with S-300 anti-aircraft missiles due to UN sanctions imposed against the country, Russia's chief of the military's general staff said on Wednesday."A decision has been taken not to supply the S-300 to Iran, they undoubtedly fall under sanctions," the ITAR-TASS news agency quoted Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov as saying.RELATED:Barak heads to Russia in bid to halt Iran, Syria arms dealReport: Iran obtains 4 S-300 missilesRussia: Sanctions ban S-300 missiles"There has been an instruction from the country's leadership to stop the deliveries, and we are obeying it," Makarov added, according to state-run RIA-Novosti news agency.Israel has also been concerned at the possibility that Russia may follow through with the delivery of the S-300 surface-to-air defense system to Iran.Russia had previously issued mixed messages regarding the future of the 2005 deal, first saying that the new round of sanctions on Iran passed at the United Nations in June would not impede the deal, and later saying that it would.Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.
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