Russia keeps limited arms supplies to Iran

22:13, October 29, 2010      

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Russia would still supply Iran with weapons under five earlier contracts not covered by UN sanctions, local media quoted a source from a Russian military-industrial corporation as saying Friday.

"These contracts have been thoroughly analyzed by the Russian military and technical experts to ensure those do not fall under the international sanctions even indirectly," the source, who refused to elaborate, told Interfax.

According to the contracts, Russia will sell to Tehran Krasnopol precise artillery shells and some other sets of equipment. The source also said that all other contracts had been either cancelled or frozen, including shipment of S-300 missile systems.

Russian deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin said earlier that Russia was not going to scrap its military-technical cooperation with Iran.

In June 2010, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1929, which prohibits supplying Iran with conventional arms such as missiles, tanks, military helicopters, warplanes and warships.



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