Belarus denies supply of S-300 air defence missiles to Iran
Former soviet republic Belarus on Wednesday strongly denied media reports about the delivery of two S-300PT air defence missiles to Iran.
Moscow: Former soviet republic Belarus on Wednesday
strongly denied media reports about the delivery of two
S-300PT air defence missiles to Iran.
"The State Military-Industrial Committee can officially
state that Belarus has never held talks with Iran on the
deliveries of the S-300 air defence systems", the committee`s
spokesman Vladimir Lavrenyuk was quoted as saying by RIA
"Belarus has never supplied S-300 systems or their
components to Iran," he said, adding Minsk strictly complied
with international arms control regulations.
Earlier, Iran`s semi-official news agency Fars had
claimed that Tehran had acquired two S-300PT (SA-10 Grumble)
systems from Belarus and two more systems from an unidentified
Iranian officials have not confirmed the fact so far.
Under the new set of UN sanctions, Russia has put the
S-300 missile contract with Iran on the backburner, which was
signed in 2007 and deliveries were withheld on different
Back in January 2008 Jane`s Defence Systems News reported
that Tehran was in the final stages of negotiations with
Belarus for acquisition of two surplus trailer-mounted towed
The actual sale has never been confirmed as Belarus has
no right to resell air defence systems supplied by the Soviet
Union and later the Russian Federation.
The S-300 PT is capable of shooting down aircraft, cruise
missiles and ballistic missile warheads at ranges of over 144
kilometres and at altitudes of about 27,500 meters.