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Tehran, Moscow Agree on S-300 Delivery by Year-End


Tehran, Moscow Agree on S-300 Delivery by Year-End

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran and Russia agreed to finalize all the details of a contract on the delivery of S-300 air defense missile system to Tehran until the end of 2015.

The arrangements for supplying the missile system to Iran by the end of the current year were made in a Thursday meeting between Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu, held on the sidelines of the Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS).

The development follows Russian President Vladimir Putin's Monday decree to lift the ban on the S-300 missile system delivery to Iran.

Russia signed the $800 million contract to sell Iran the S-300 missile system in 2007, but suspended the delivery three years later because of strong objections from the US and the Zionist regime. The ban had been introduced by former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in 2010.

In his meeting with Dehqan, Russia's defense minister stressed the need for a joint meeting of Iran, China and Russia in the near future on countering common threats.

Shoigu also thanked his Iranian counterpart for attending the Moscow conference and said the expansion of constructive relations between Tehran and Moscow will contribute to regional and international stability.

The 4th Moscow Conference on International Security, an event annually organized by the Russian Defense Ministry, has brought representatives of about 80 defense ministries together.

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