Israel irked by Russia’s plan to lift ban on S-300 delivery to Iran

Israel has denounced Russia’s decision to lift a ban on the delivery of S-300 missile systems to Iran as proof of Tehran’s newfound “legitimacy” following a mutual nuclear understanding reached in Switzerland.

“This is a direct result of the legitimacy that Iran is receiving from the nuclear deal that is being prepared, and proof that the Iranian economic growth which follows the lifting of sanctions will be exploited for arming itself and not for the welfare of the Iranian people,” Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said in a statement on Monday.

He added that the international community has already begun easing restrictive measures despite Iran’s disavowal of clause after clause of the mutual understanding reached between Tehran and the P5+1 countries.

The Zionist official repeated the Israeli regime’s allegations against Iran and said instead of urging Tehran to stop its terrorist activity in the Middle East and in the world, it “is being allowed to arm itself with advanced weaponry that will only increase its aggression.”

The decision to lift the ban comes after Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany – reached a mutual understanding on Tehran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

The emerging deal is set to be finalized by Iran and the six global powers by June 30.

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a presidential decree on Monday that lifts a ban on “the shipment from Russia to Iran” of the S-300 missiles which was put in place in 2010 after the United Nations imposed sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program.

Following Moscow’s refusal to deliver the system, Iran filed a USD four-billion suit against the Russian arms firm, Rosoboronexport, with the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva.

By Press TV