Russian S-300 Missiles Delivered to Iran

Delivery of Russian S-300 anti-missile rocket systems to Iran has started, Iran’s ambassador to Moscow said in an interview. Iran is getting one of the latest versions of the air defence complex.

The delivery is underway, ambassador Mehdi Sanaei told Persian-language daily, Etemaad, as cited by Tasnim news agency.

 The news was not welcome in Washington, with US State Department spokesman Mark Toner reiterating the US stance on the issue. “We made clear time and again our objections to any sale of the S-300 missile system to Iran,” Toner told reporters.

Earlier this month Iranian Defense Minister Dehghan announced Tehran is going to get Russian air defence systems by the end of the year, which in Iran ends on March 20, 2016.

General Dehghan stressed that a major shipment of the hardware is going to be delivered in less than two months time. “Iran has bought as many S-300 air defense systems as it needs,” Dehghan said. Iranian operators of S-300 system are being trained in Russia.


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