from The Sleuth Journal:
In 2007, Russia agreed to supply Iran with five battalions of S-300 medium-range air defense missiles. They designed to defend military, industrial and other strategic sites against enemy air attacks.
Russia’s technology is the most sophisticated air defense systems in service, able to destroy targets with pinpoint accuracy. Its newest generation S-400s have both medium and long range capability.
In 2010, then President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to observe Security Council Resolution 1929 – imposing new sanctions on Iran on top of earlier ones. He annulled the 2007 S-300 contract.
It’s reinstated. On August 19, responding to whether selling S-300s to Iran violated Washington imposed sanctions, Sergey Lavrov said:
“The US sanctions are no concern of ours. We only fulfill our international obligations, above all, with regard to sanctions. This is the decision of the UN Security Council.”
“All other unilateral restrictions imposed bypassing the Security Council in violation of the general norms of the international law are of no interest to us.”
“So, let our American colleagues study the issue. Perhaps it will useful for them to come to the conclusion that far from all corresponds to their vision of international law.”
Days earlier Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said “the decision on possibly supplying S-300 to Iran has already been made by the Russian president, and technical issues of this matter are being discussed. This is an exclusively bilateral issue. Participation of third countries is not envisaged and is not required.”
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