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MOSCOW, June 10 (RIA Novosti) – The Tor antiaircraft system that Russia has proposed to Iran instead of the S-300 cannot be integrated into the country’s defense system, Iran’s ambassador to Russia said Monday.
Ambassador Seyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi said Iran had developed a national defense system “and within that system the proposed Tor system would be unable to fulfill the S-300’s functions.”
Tor is an all-weather, short-range, surface-to-air missile system that can effectively engage aircraft, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and ballistic targets.
Russian Technologies (Rostech) CEO Sergei Chemezov said in late May that Moscow was trying to persuade Tehran to withdraw its lawsuit against Russia’s state-run arms export company Rosoboronexport over a canceled deal to supply S-300 air defense systems to Iran.
Iran’s Defense Ministry and the Aerospace Industries Organization launched a $4 billion lawsuit against Rosoboronexport in an international arbitration court in Geneva in April 2011. According to Iranian officials, Tehran will withdraw its lawsuit only if Russia fulfills the original contract.
The $800 million contract to supply Iran with the missile system was signed at the end of 2007. Moscow was to supply five S-300PMU-1 battalions to Tehran. However, in September 2010, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree canceling the contract in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1929, which bans the supply to Iran of conventional weapons including missiles and missile systems, tanks, attack helicopters, warplanes and ships.
Tehran has insisted that the S-300 surface-to-air missile systems do not fall under the UN sanctions because they are considered defensive weapons.
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- moistRussia will have to...18:20, 10/06/2013...swallow this pill and fulfil it´s contracts if it want´s to be seen as an reliable partner to countries bullied by the Anglo-Zionist Mafia (and keep BRICS and the Syrian-Iraq-Iran-axis together against the western-Zionist plans in the region).
Ridiculously: If Syria can why not Iran? Because Russia is using a formidable and defensive game-changer the aforementioned bullies have no countermeasures against, as a bargaining-chip and it works. It works because any intervention attempts will be a living hell, frying their bombers out of the sky and not the cake-walk they had in Libya and Iraq. It will also,from a Syrian-Lebanese perspective, impose a potential no-fly zone INSIDE the Zionist abomination which effectively will keep them from violating their neighbours, but not from Iran much further away. Russia will honour this contract sooner or later but it would be better to do it now and save some face, no matter what deal with the anglo-Zionist Mafia they might have.
- mikaelforsbergRussia need to deliver as agreed upon05:56, 12/06/2013Rosoboronexport has a contract with Iran that Russia must fulfill and deliver as promised, that is necessary for future trust in all kinds of business deals.
The S-300 system is defensive and that is not something that sanctions should be about.
It would be leaving Iran to the zionist wolf pack not delivering defense systems.
It was bad enough leaving Libya in the gutter, better not repeat that in neither Iran nor Syria.
Erdogan will continue to help consolidate Islam’s influence in public life and use Islam as a political issue. It is hard to say what Turkey will do in the Muslim world, but Erdogan obviously does not need any more turmoil in neighboring countries.