Iran: no plan to buy Russia’s S-400 system
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Iran has no plan to buy S-400 air defense system from Russia, the Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said.
Russia offered Iran Antey-2500 and S-400 missile defense systems instead of S-300 system but Tehran rejected that, Dehghan said, Fars news agency reported Aug. 20.
Iran and Russia negotiated at the highest level regarding the S-300 air defense system, Dehghan said.
The issue was pursued by Iran at the level of president, he added.
He further said that the Islamic Republic has canceled the complaint against Russia over the non-delivery of S-300 air defense system, as Russia fulfilled its commitments.
Iran will preserve its right to sue again if Russia refuses to fully implement the deal, he underlined.
Russia has delivered main part of the air defense system to Iran under the existing contract, Dehghan said, adding Tehran will completely receive the S-300 air defense system within next month.
The $800-million Moscow-Tehran contract to deliver Russian S-300 system to Iran was signed in 2007. It was suspended after the adoption of the UN Security Council’s sanctions on Iran in mid-2010.
In 2011, Iran sued Russia in the Geneva Arbitration Court after Moscow suspended the contract.
Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the S-300 delivery ban in April 2015, shortly after the six world powers and Iran reached a framework agreement over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.