Iran minister: Russia to face consequences
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says Iran has taken legal action against Russia's "breach of contract" in canceling the delivery of the S-300 missile defense system, Press TV reported.
Brig. Gen. Vahidi, who was speaking at a meeting of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission on Sunday, told lawmakers that Moscow will face the consequences of its "violations," IRNA reported.
He was responding to lawmaker Mostafa Kavakebian's appeal to the minster to speed up action against Moscow.
The report does not mention the place or the manner of the legal proceedings taken against the Russian federation.
Following the adoption of Resolution No. 1929 in June by the U.N. Security Council, the U.S. Congress passed a bill on unilateral anti-Iran sanctions on June 24.
Later, in July this year, EU leaders, and later foreign ministers, proposed additional sanctions against Iran at the Brussels meeting. On Oct. 25, the foreign ministers of all EU countries approved additional sanctions against Iran at a meeting in Luxembourg.
On Sept. 22, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree banning the transfer of S-300 missiles, armored vehicles, combat aircrafts, helicopters and ships to Iran. This is envisaged by a presidential decree on measures to implement UN Security Council resolution 1929 dated June 9, 2010.
The contract to supply Iran with five battalions of S-300 PMU-1 was signed in late 2007. The deal amounted to $800 million.
The S-300 surface-to-air system, known as the SA-20 in the West, can track targets and fire at aircraft 120 km (75 miles) away. It also features high jamming immunity and is capable of simultaneously engaging up to 100 targets.