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Russia Delays Delivery of S-300 Missiles to Iran February 26, 2016

The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the shipment of Russian S-300 air defence missile systems to Iran has been delayed due to payment issues. “The deal has not been paid for properly, so it is premature to speak about a concrete delivery date,” said Peskoy for long waited system. Peskoy did not reveal whether the issue was discussed at a Tuesday meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan. On Wednesday, Iranian media reported that Russia was expected to hand over the first batch of the missile system on Thursday and that Dehghan would attend a ceremony in Russia’s Astrakhan port city for the purpose. But a high-ranking official of the Russian Defence Ministry dismissed the media reports, according to Russian State Run news agency Tass. Russia and Iran signed an 800-million U.S. dollar contract in 2007 to supply Iran with five S-300 systems but in September 2010, then President Dmitry Medvedev cancelled the contract in line with a resolution of the UN Security Council, which banned such supplies to Iran. In April last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban while Iran withdrew the lawsuit against Russia.

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