Russia will continue to sell Iran S-300 air defense missile contract
Data Figure: Russian-made S-300 air defense missile launchers
People News, June 11 (An Arthur) the Russian government said that despite the UN Security Council passed a new sanctions resolution against Iran, but Russia will continue to implement contract sale of air defense missiles to Iran.
is accompanying Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit in Uzbekistan 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued a statement to reporters, 9th United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran passed the Resolution No. 1929, but does not affect the sale to Iran of Russia continue to perform S-300 missile system contract, because Resolution 1929, prohibiting the sale of offensive weapons to Iran, does not include defensive weapons, while the S-300 missile is a defensive weapon. According to reports, S-300 is the world’s advanced active surface to air missile weapons systems in the world, in December 2005 Russia and Iran signed a sale to Iran of S-300 missile system contract, the U.S. firmly opposed and continue to exert strong Russia pressure, the Russian government froze the contract.
Lavrov also said that although the new sanctions resolution will affect many Russian companies, but the Russian government will work with Iran to protect trade and economic cooperation, Russia and Iran will expand cooperation in the nuclear field to help Iran build the Bushehr nuclear reactor as a number of similar light-water nuclear reactor, Russia and Iran in this regard have aspirations. But Lavrov refused to disclose the number of new nuclear reactors, he said it was “commercial secret.” Bushehr in southwest Iran, is Iran’s first nuclear reactor nuclear facilities in Russia to help build, and before the end of this summer will set up a joint bilateral co-manage the facility.
reported on Lavrov’s remarks, U.S. State Department spokesman Crowley pointed out that Russia and Iran already signed contracts on the S-300 missiles, but the contract has not been implemented, Russia adopted a caution, that the Russian government is responsible, this is welcome, hope that the Russian arms sales to Iran to take a responsible position.