Russia-Iran deal on Patriot class S-300 missiles still valid

The contract for the sale of Patriot class S-300 air defence missile systems to Iran has not been scrapped and the final decision on the deal has to be taken by President Medvedev, as top Russian defence industry official said.

Moscow: The contract for the sale of Patriot
class S-300 air defence missile systems to Iran has not been
scrapped and the final decision on the deal signed in 2005 has
to be taken by President Dmitry Medvedev, as top Russian
defence industry official on Thursday said.

"The contract on supplying S-300 air defence systems to
Iran has not yet been cancelled," CEO of `Russian
Technologies` State Corporation, Sergei Chemezev, was quoted
as saying by `RIA Novosti`.
"The final decision on signing or dropping the contract
must be made by the President," Chemezev said.

A UN Security Council resolution adopted on June 9
imposed a fourth set of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear
programme, including tougher financial controls and an
expanded arms embargo.
The sale of S-300 air defence systems is believed to fall
under the sanctions, though earlier Russia said the delivery
would not be affected since the weapons are not included in
the UN Register of Conventional Arms.

Under pressure from the US and Israel, Moscow has been
dragging feet on the execution of S-300 contract for several
years.

PTI

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