Russia delivers S 300 Missile Defence System to Iran

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MOSCOW: Russia delivered first batch of S-300 Missile Defence System to Iran through Caspian Sea.

 

Iran’s foreign ministry has confirmed the delivery of S-300 air defence missile system.

 

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson Jaberi Ansari said “We had already announced that despite several times of change in time of delivery, the deal is on its path of implementation and today I should announce that the first phase of the agreement is implemented and the process will continue.”

 

S-300 is an advanced surface-to-air missile with defence system with a range of 90 miles which was used for the first time in 1979.

 

Russia signed an agreement to provide S-300 to Iran in 2007 but later it cancelled the deal, returned the advance payment amid pressure from west in 2010.

 

Later, Iran filed a lawsuit worth $4 billion against Russia for the fulfillment of agreement at international court in Geneva.

 

Both countries agreed to settle the dispute in 2015 to boost defence ties.

 

Both countries also remained close allies of Bashar Al-Assad in the Syrian war.