Iranian, Russian DMs urge speedy implementation of military deals

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Defense ministers from Iran and Russia in a telephone conversation on Tuesday called for the speedy implementation of agreements that Tehran and Moscow have signed in the technical, military and security spheres.

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu also discussed the latest regional and international developments.

They both emphasized the need for regional “coordination and cooperation” in the fight against violence, terrorism and extremism.

The telephone conversation came after an Iranian deputy foreign minister said the delivery of Russian-made S-300 air defense missile system to Iran will happen soon.

“The negotiations on the subject have ended in success. I estimate that the S-300 delivery will take place in quite a short time,” Hossein Amir Abdollahian was quoted as saying by AFP after a Monday meeting with his Russian counterpart Mikhail Bogdanov in Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin decided in April to lift the ban on the S-300 missile system delivery to Iran.

The ban had been introduced by former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in 2010.

Under a contract signed in 2007, Russia was required to provide Iran with at least five S-300 defense system batteries. In 2010, Medvedev cancelled the contract as he came under strong US and Israeli pressure not to go ahead with the sale of the weapons system, but his pretext was that the sale was covered by the fourth round of the UN Security Council sanctions against Iran.

By Tasnim News Agency