Iran: Russia shelves missile systems deal

Moscow, 10 June (AKI) – Russia has shelved a contract to sell S-300 missile systems to Iran after the United Nations Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions on Tehran over its contentious nuclear programme, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.

“Naturally, the contract to deliver S-300 missile systems will be frozen,” Interfax cited an unidentified source in Russia’s arms industry as saying.

Iran in 2007 agreed to a deal with Russia to buy the S-300 systems, but Moscow has delayed the delivery of the anti-aircraft missiles.

The S-300 air defence system is an advanced mobile system that can shoot down aircraft and cruise missiles from up to 150 kilometres away.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday approved a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its controversial uranium enrichment programme.

The 15-member body approved the sanctions by 12 in favour, two against (Brazil and Turkey) and one abstention (Lebanon).

The move prompted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (photo) to dismiss sanctions as a “used handkerchief” fit for the dustbin.