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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
Novosti.
"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
supplier.

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
pretexts.

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
S-300PT systems.
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.

PTI

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