Russia may sell Iran $10 billion worth of tanks and jets in new arms deal

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Russian servicemen drive T-90A main battle tanks during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. Credit: GRIGORY DUKOR/Reuters

 

Russia is in talks with Iran over a $10 billion arms deal in which Moscow would provide advanced tanks, artillery systems, planes and helicopters to the Islamic republic.

The nascent deal would further cement an alliance between Moscow and Tehran that is likely to prove a major stumbling block for any rapprochement between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, who has vowed to rip up a nuclear agreement with Iran that the Kremlin supports.

“These talks are ongoing, the ground has been prepared, the portfolio amounts to around $10 billion,” Viktor Ozerov, an MP who heads the security and defence committee in the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house, told Russian reporters during a trip to Tehran on Monday.

He gave few details about the order, but said it would include Russia’s mainstay T-90 tank.

The new sale comes after Russia delivered long-promised S-300 air defence systems to Iran.

Vladimir Putin ordered the sale to go ahead after the interim nuclear agreement was signed last year, and the first complete units were delivered in August.

Mr Ozerov said all Iran’s S-300 units would be battle-ready by the end of the year.

Full article: Russia may sell Iran $10 billion worth of tanks and jets in new arms deal (The Telegraph)

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