Russia agrees to deliver S-300 missiles to Iran

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– President Putin signed Monday lift of Russia’s self-imposed ban on selling S-300 missile systems to Iran.

MOSCOW – Russia has agreed to deliver S-300 Surface-to-Air missile systems to Tehran, Iranian authorities said Thursday.

The Iranian defense minister, Huseyin Dehkan, attending the fourth Security Conference in Moscow, said that the date for delivery of the S-300 missile systems would be determined in the following hours Thursday, during the meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu.

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev had previously said that Russian producers would need six months to deliver missile systems to Iran.

Rails will be used to transport the missile systems to a port in the Caspian Sea, from where they will be delivered to Iran.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the lift of Russia’s self-imposed ban on the delivery of S-300 missile systems to Iran, a move that drew severe criticism from the U.S. and Israel. 

Answering citizens’ questions in a live program on Russian Radio Television, Putin said that the S-300 missile systems did not pose a threat for the security of Israel or any other nation in the region.