It is too early to name the exact delivery date for Russian S-300 air defense systems to Iran, as certain payment issues remain between the sides, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Feb. 18, the Sputnik International news agency reported.
"There are no deadlines yet, because there is a problem related to payment and so on," Peskov told reporters. "The deal has not been paid properly, so it is premature to speak of specific dates."
Russia signed the contract in 2007 to sell Iran five S-300 ground-to-air missile systems worth over $800 million. However, in autumn of 2010, the then President Dmitry Medvedev banned transfer of the equipment to Tehran. The contract was terminated, the prepayment was returned to Iran, but as the contract was not observed Iran filed a suit to the Geneva arbitration court claiming almost $4 billion. In spring 2015, Russia's President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban on supplies of the S-300 systems to Iran.