Russia Supplying Defense Systems to Iran

Russia Supplying Defense Systems to Iran  Russia Supplying Defense Systems to Iran

Russia has been supplying Iran with air defense systems and radio electronic devices, while continuing negotiations on military-technical cooperation, director general of Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport says.

"The list of weapons prohibited to be delivered to Iran [under UN Security Council resolutions] does not apply to a number of arms, including air defense systems and several types of radio electronics. The Russian Federation through Rosoboronexport is maintaining contacts exactly in these areas and delivering exactly these types of weapons to Iran," Anatoly Isaykin said in a recent interview with Rossiya-24 television.

In 2007, Russia and Iran signed an $800-million deal for the delivery of five S-300 missile systems. In 2011, Iran sued Rosoboronexport in the Geneva Arbitration Court after Moscow suspended the contract in 2010, citing a UNSC resolution that placed an arms embargo on Tehran.

In April 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban on the contract, shortly after major powers and Iran reached a framework nuclear agreement to remove all economic sanctions against Tehran in exchange for its pledge to scale down its nuclear program for a specified period of time.

In August, an Iranian Defense Ministry source told Sputnik that the delivery of the S-300 systems could pave the way for new deals between the two countries.