Russia may resume implementation of the contract for delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Iran in case UN Security Council (UNSC) removes sanctions against Teheran, RIA Novosti reports with reference to CEO of the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAWAT), Igor Korotchenko.
Earlier countries of the Big Six (five permanent members of UNSC and Germany) and Iran agreed on major terms and conditions of the future agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. One of these terms – removal of unilateral sanctions against Iran imposed by USA and EU. In his own turn Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov said that UNSC must also remove arms embargo against Teheran.
“Removal of sanctions against Iran, including arms embargo is the logical decision. The key contract for Russia in this situation is the one for delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Iran. Implementation of this contract may be resumed provided that Moscow and Teheran will be able to agree on its terms,” Korotchenko said.
The expert reminded that earlier Russia offered Iran deliveries of Antey-2500 air defense systems in place of S-300, however, Teheran insisted on implementation of the already signed contract.
Member of the State Duma’s Defense Committee Franz Klintsevich believes that the implementation of the contract between Russia and Iran may be continued if the arms embargo is removed.
“Of course, embargo will be removed and this fact will help us resolve the situation. I must admit that deliveries of S-300 system, even its export version, have its own aspects,” Klintsevich said.