Top U.S. official: U.S. would block sale of Russian Su-30 aircraft to Iran

22:00, 05 April 2016
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Thomas Shannon, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, said on Tuesday the United States would use its veto power in the UN Security Council to block any sale of Su-30 fighter aircraft to Iran, Reuters reports.

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"We would block the approval of fighter aircraft," he told a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, noting that any such sale would have to be approved by the Security Council, according to Reuters.

In mid-February, UNIAN reported that the Iranian Army wished to buy Russian military hardware and weaponry worth at least $8 billion.

Read alsoIran "risks EU sanctions over missile tests" – FranceThe Iranian side was interested in purchasing Russian fighter aircraft Su-30SM, combat-capable trainer aircraft Yak-130, Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters and coastal mobile missile systems Bastion, equipped with Yakhont, a supersonic anti-ship missile, frigates, diesel-electric submarines, and other military equipment.

But these plans may be hindered by two factors: Tehran expects to buy Russian weapons on credit but Moscow is not ready to strike such deal amid economic crisis; the UN Security Council Resolution No.2231, imposes restrictions on the supply of conventional weapons to Iran.

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