Iran urges to set deadline for delivery of Russian S-300 missile system

09:43, March 01, 2010      

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An Iranian lawmaker called on the country's military authorities to set a deadline for Russia to deliver the S-300 missile defense system to Iran, local Press TV reported Sunday.

"A long time has passed since Russia signed a deal with Iran to sell the S-300 system to the Islamic Republic," the Deputy Chairman of National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran 's Parliament Hossein Sobhaninia was quoted as saying.

"The Russian side has cited unspecified technical reasons for the delay in the delivery of the air defense hardware to the Islamic Republic. We hope technical problems are behind the delivery of the air defense system to Iran, not other issues," Sobhaninia said on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that it will honor a contract to deliver its advanced S-300 air defense systems to Iran after resolving a series of problems.

"There are things that need to be settled before this contract can be fulfilled," Lavrov was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying at a news conference, without expounding what sort of problems there are.

Lavrov reiterated that Russia would abide by domestic laws and international rules, and would not take any steps that could lead to the destabilization of any region.

Iran struck a deal with Russia on buying S-300 systems in 2007, but Russia has delayed the supply of the anti-aircraft missiles.

The S-300 defense system is an advanced mobile system that can travel at more than 2 km per second and shoot down aircraft and cruise missiles from up to 150 km away.

The United States and Israel were trying to persuade Russia not to sell the missile system to Iran because it could foil attempts to hit the country's nuclear facilities with an air strike.

Source: Xinhua
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