Lawmaker confirms Iran received S-300 air defense systems from Russia

The chairman of the Iranian parliamentary committee on foreign policy and national security confirmed Wednesday that Iran had received S-300 air defense systems from Russia.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Saturday, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said that Tehran was expecting Moscow to fulfill its commitments on the rest of deliveries of S-300 air defense systems within September, adding that the main part of the batch had arrived in Iran.

“Cooperation between Russia and Iran continues, our armed forces continue acquiring Mi-17 helicopters from Russia. We have also received S-300s from Russia,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.

The $800-million Moscow-Tehran contract to deliver Russian-made S-300 air defense systems to Iran was signed in 2007. In 2011, Iran sued Russia in the Geneva Arbitration Court after Moscow suspended the contract in 2010, citing a UN Security Council resolution that placed an arms embargo on Tehran.

Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the S-300 delivery ban in April 2015, shortly after the P5+1 group of international negotiators and Iranreached a framework nuclear agreement to remove all economic sanctions against Tehran in exchange for its pledge to ensure that all nuclear research in the country will be for peaceful purposes.

By Sputnik