Russia to Finalize S-300 Delivery in 2016

Russia to Finalize S-300 Delivery in 2016Russia to Finalize S-300 Delivery in 2016

Russia will continue deliveries of S-300 air defense systems to Iran through 2016, Vladimir Kozhin, Russian presidential aide on military-technical cooperation, said on Monday.

“Iran is fulfilling its obligations on advanced payments, while we are fulfilling our obligations on timely deliveries,” Sputnik quoted Kozhin as saying.

The official added that the deliveries would take time and will most likely continue through 2016.

In 2007, Moscow signed a deal with Tehran to deliver five S-300 missile systems, but in 2010 Russia suspended the contract, citing a UN Security Council resolution that placed an arms embargo on Tehran. In April 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the S-300 delivery ban, after P5+1 (the United States, Britain, Russia, France and China, plus Germany), signed an agreement with Iran to remove economic sanctions in exchange for time-bound restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Tehran is in talks with Moscow to purchase other weapons from Russia, including battle tanks and fighter jets.