S-300 Complaint Against Russia Not Withdrawn

S-300 Complaint Against Russia Not Withdrawn  S-300 Complaint Against Russia Not Withdrawn

A lawmaker said Tehran has not withdrawn its legal action over Russia's delay in delivering the S-300 air defense system.

"The decision to withdraw the complaint against Russia will be taken after the S-300 systems are fully delivered to Iran," ICANA quoted Hojjatollah Khodaei Souri as saying in an interview on Sunday.

The statement by the member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission was in response to a Friday report by Sputnik, which had quoted a Russian official as saying that Iran has withdrawn its lawsuit.

"This issue is closed; the lawsuit has been withdrawn," Nikolay Volobuev, deputy head of Russia's Rostec corporation, had said.

Souri said Russia should fulfill all of its commitments under the S-300 contract.

"Hitherto, Russia has delivered the first shipment of the S-300 to Iran and by the yearend, the deal should be completely implemented," he said.

Tehran showcased the first batch of the system in a parade held to commemorate National Army Day last April. The $800 million contract was initially signed by the two countries in 2007, but Russians did not keep their end of the bargain for years, citing the sanctions of United Nations Security Council against Iran as an excuse.

In response, the Islamic Republic filed a lawsuit to the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva against Russia in 2010. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban in April 2015 after Iran and world powers reached a preliminary agreement on Tehran's nuclear program in November 2013.

Following the removal of the self-imposed ban by Russia, it signed a new contract to supply Iran with the anti-aircraft system.