Monday, February 15, 2016

Iran announces S-300 is now en route from Russia

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hossein Jaberi Ansari on Monday said that a shipment of advanced Russian S-300 missile defense systems is currently on its way to Iran, following many years of delay over sanctions against the transfer.

Speaking at a press conference, Ansari was quoted by Xinhua as saying, "the agreement for the delivery of S-300 systems has been finalized over the past months and they are being shipped to Iran."

He also said Iran and Russia have diversified their mutual cooperation, and have "remarkable" political and defense cooperation.

The sale of the S-300, originally conducted in 2007, has been repeatedly delayed due to Western pressure given that UN nuclear sanctions ban the delivery to Iran. (READ MORE)