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Russia Finalizes Deal With Iran On S-300 Air-Defense Missiles


The head of a Russian state-controlled industrial conglomerate says Russia has finalized a contract for the delivery of advanced air-defense missile systems to Iran.

Sergei Chemezov, the head of Russian Technologies, said November 9 during a trip to Dubai that “the contract with Iran for the S-300 has entered into force."
Russian Technologies is the holding company that includes the Rosoboronexport arms trader.

Russia in 2010 froze a deal to supply advanced S-300 missile systems to Iran, linking the decision to UN sanctions.

President Vladimir Putin lifted the suspension earlier this year following Iran's deal with six world powers that curbed its nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions.

Chemezov would not specify what version of the missile system Russia will supply or when the delivery will be made.

Russian officials have said the specific model of the S-300 to be delivered under the 2007 contract is no longer produced, and offered Iran a modified version.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

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