Iran urges Russia to fulfill commitments on S-300 missile system

12:39, March 03, 2010      

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An influential Iranian lawmaker said Tuesday that Russia must fulfill its commitments on delivery of S-300 missile system to Iran to improve its image in Iran's public opinion, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Referring to the recent position of Russians on delivery of S- 300 missile system, Kazem Jalali said Iran has always told Russia that such international smear campaign and interviews are not in favor of bilateral relations, according to the report.

Last 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.

Such issues should not be told to the media and the two countries' officials must negotiate and reach an agreement, Jalali went on.

In the meantime, the head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament Alaeddin Boroujerdi told ISNA on Tuesday that "the S-300 missile system in Iran will strengthen peace in the region."

"We expect Russia to meet its commitments on the deals it had made with Iran," Boroujerdi added.

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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