Russia waiting for Iran to withdraw suit on S-300 delivery
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 17
Russia proceeds from Iran's commitment to recall its suit against Russia for the non-delivery of S-300 air defense systems after the removal of anti-Iran sanctions, Sputnik news agency quoted Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin as saying on March 17.
"The issue discussed that the talks led by the FSMTC [Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation] with Iran and fixed in the contract was that the Iranian side is undergoing every needed procedure to recall the claim at a certain stage of the delivery of the system. This is a technical issue, it is no longer a political issue, which has been resolved," Rogozin told reporters.
"We are proceeding from the fact that the Iranian side has committed itself to an early withdrawal of the claim, which should take place at a certain stage of the delivery system. It is going according to plan so far," he underscored.
The $900-million Russia-Iran contract to deliver five Russian S-300 systems to Iran was signed in 2007. It was suspended after the adoption of UN Security Council sanctions on Iran in mid-2010.
In April 2015, Russia resumed the talks on S-300 deliveries following a framework agreement on the landmark deal ensuring the peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear program.