Iran claims Russia has started delivery of S-300 missile defense system

Ignoring Israeli objections, Moscow announced in August that supply of advanced weaponry was imminent

Tehran announced Monday that Russia had begun delivering its advanced S-300 air defense system to Iran in accordance with an agreement struck between the two countries earlier this year.

A defense ministry press release quoted by Iran’s semi-official Fars News dismissed “recent media reports” skeptical of the military deal, and confirmed the delivery of the S-300 surface-to-air missile system was underway.

“The recent remarks on the S-300 missile defense system delivery lack correctness and credibility and the executive stages for the delivery of the system are now being taken based on the previously signed contract,” the report said.

There was no other confirmation that delivery had begun.

In August, the two countries announced that Russia would begin delivery of the system later this year, as the two countries talked of expanding military ties in the wake of a historic nuclear deal reached between Iran and six world powers in July.

Israel has long sought to block the sale to Iran of the S-300 system, which analysts say could impede a potential Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities. Other officials have expressed concern that the systems could reach Syria and Hezbollah, diluting Israel’s regional air supremacy.

Full article: Iran claims Russia has started delivery of S-300 missile defense system (The Times of Israel)

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