Moscow: Russia will not violate UN sanctions
on Iran banning supplies of a whole category of weapons
including `heavy missile complexes`, a top government official
said on Wednesday, virtually ruling out the delivery of S-300 Patriot
class air defence missiles to Tehran under a 2005 deal.
"Russia has never supplied military products to countries
under UN sanctions," First Deputy Director of the Federal
Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Alexander Fomin,
was quoted as saying by Arms-Tass news wire.
While exporting military products, Russia is guided by
two fundamental principles of international law, he said.
"Firstly, arms deliveries must not endanger stability and
security in a particular country or a region. Secondly, any
sovereign country must have the right to defend itself."
Earlier, a top arms exporter had said the contract for
the sale of S-300 air defence missile complexes to Iran has
not been scrapped and the final decision on the deal signed in
2005 has to be taken by President Dmitry Medvedev.
"The contract on supplying S-300 air defence systems to
Iran has not yet been cancelled," CEO of `Russian
Technologies` State Corporation, Sergei Chemezev, had declared
"The final decision on signing or dropping the contract
must be made by the President," Chemezev had said.
The UN Security Council Resolution 1929 adopted on June 9
imposed a fourth set of sanctions on Iran over its
controversial 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