Russia will not supply offensive weapons to Iran

Russia will not supply offensive weapons to Iran despite Tehran’s interest in purchasing Russian tanks and fighter jets, the CEO of Rostec Corporation, Sergey Chemezov, stated during an interview with Kommersant.

According to him, sanctions, which were imposed by the UN Security Council, prohibit the of supply such weapons to Iran. At the same time, Chemezov reported that supplies of armaments that aren’t subject to these restrictions, such as air defense systems, will continue.  

In particular, Moscow hopes to fully complete a contract with Iran on supplies of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems by the end of this year. According to unofficial reports, four S-300PMU2, worth about $1 billion, will be supplied to Iran.

In April, Tehran confirmed the receipt of the first batch of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems. Moscow suspended the contract on supplies of S-300 to Iran in 2010 under pressure from the West.

In April of 2015, after the lifting of a number of economic sanctions on Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree under which the ban on transfer of S-300 to Iran was lifted.

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