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Russia Delivers First Part Of S-300 Air Defense System To Iran

Source: RFE/RL

Iran's Foreign Ministry says Russia has delivered the first part of its shipment of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran. The announcement was made by Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari on April 11.

A Russian surface-to-air S-300 missile system is fired during a military drill late last year.

Ansari was replying to reporters' questions about videos on social media showing what appeared to be parts of an S-300 missile system on trucks in northern Iran.

The Kremlin, however, refused to comment on the reports, according to Russian media.

Russia says it canceled a contract to deliver S-300s, among the world's most capable air defense systems, to Iran in 2010 under pressure from the West.

But President Vladimir Putin lifted that self-imposed ban in April 2015 following an interim nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Israel strongly opposes the supply of the system to Iran, which does not recognize the Jewish state.

Based on reporting by Reuters, Interfax, and TASS

Copyright (c) 2016 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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