No Iran-Russia deal on replacing S-300: Russian official

The head of Russia’s state arms export company Rosoboronexport says there is no deal between Tehran and Moscow over a replacement for the S-300 missile defense systems, which Russia is mandated to deliver to Iran under a contract.

Responding to a question about the potential offer to Iran for a replacement by Russia, Anatoly Isaikin said, “I will only be able to speak about that if there were any deals or when there would be deals, but there are none,” RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.

Under a contract signed in 2007, Russia undertook to provide Iran with at least five S-300 missile defense systems.

However, Moscow refused to deliver the systems to Iran under the pretext that they were covered by the fourth round of the UN Security Council resolutions against Iran.

In September 2010, then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree banning the delivery of the S-300 systems to the Islamic Republic.

Following Russia’s failure to deliver the systems under the contract, Iran filed a complaint against Rosoboronexport with the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva.

On May 30, Russian Technologies (Rostech) CEO Sergei Chemezov said that Moscow sought to reach a settlement with Tehran to have Iran withdraw its lawsuit against Rosoboronexport over the deal on S-300 as Russia’s chances to win the case “are very slim.”

Chemezov said that the US had applied heavy pressure on Moscow to stop the agreement under the pretext that the deal was against the UNSC sanctions. The Russian official added, however, that Washington later changed its rhetoric, saying the UN resolution did not specifically mention the S-300 system and claiming that Russia had acted on its own.

On July 31, Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi said there were no negotiations between Tehran and Moscow over a replacement for the S-300 systems.

By Press TV


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