Tehran and Moscow agree on supply of S-300 missile systems - Iranian deputy foreign minister
Iran and Russia have agreed that Moscow will supply Tehran with S-300 missile systems "at the earliest opportunity,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said, according to French news agency AFP.
"[The missiles] will be supplied at the earliest opportunity," the Iranian deputy foreign minister said following the talks with his Russian counterpart Mikhail Bogdanov.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has not, however, confirmed this. In its statement, the Russian ministry noted only "the importance of maintaining a regular Russian-Iranian dialogue on the whole range of issues on the Middle Eastern agenda."
Earlier, Tehran stated that the Russian missiles would be delivered by the end of 2015.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on April 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree which authorized the supply of S-300 systems to Iran.
Notably, in 2005, Russia agreed with Iran for the supply of at least five medium-range S-300 PMU-1 anti-aircraft missile systems with the deal estimated at more than $800 million. In the event of default, the contract provided for payment of a penalty of $300-400 million
In September 2010, Dmitry Medvedev, then president of Russia, introduced a ban on supply of S-300s to Iran, in accordance with a UN Security Council Resolution that restricted the supply of sophisticated weapons to Iran. Russia reimbursed $166.8 million to Iran that had been previously transferred as pre-payment for the missiles.
The United States has repeatedly insisted that Russia not supply S-300 missiles to Iran.