Iran wants to buy a wide range of Russian weapons – Russian Foreign Ministry

Sputnik– Iran is interested in the purchase of a wide range of Russian weapons and Moscow is ready to develop military and technical cooperation with Tehran, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s director of the Second Asian Department said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In October, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei told Sputnik in an interview that Tehran was looking for ways to broaden the scope of defense cooperation with Moscow, even in areas that require coordination with the UN Security Council (UNSC) and need a resolution.

“It is true that the Iranians have a wide range of military-purpose products they would like to purchase in Russia. Naturally, some of these products — tanks and fighter jets — are covered by the UNSC sanctions, because there is a moratorium. It means that if we sign an agreement on the delivery of such products, we have to apply for the UNSC permission in the next five, or rather, the next four years and receive such permission,” Zamir Kabulov told RIA Novosti, commenting Sanaei’s statement.

He added that Moscow was ready to work with Iran in the area of military and technical cooperation. “There are other goods from the sphere of military and technical cooperation that are not subject [to the UNSC decisions]. There are no problems, but here we should act via the UNSC mechanism, unfortunately,” the diplomat said. Russia-Delivered S-300 Systems to Enter Combat Duty in Iran by Year-End All S-300 air defense systems supplied to Iran by Russia will enter combat duty by the end of the year, Kabulov added. “The supplies of S-300 systems to Iran have been halted because of sanctions. They are now completed, and by the end of the year all the systems that we have delivered will enter combat duty,” Ozerov told reporters on a visit to Iran.