News ID: 253839
Published: 0149 GMT June 07, 2019

Russia denies report about Iran’s request for S-400 systems

Russia denies report about Iran’s request for S-400 systems

Russia has not received any request from Iran for delivering S-400 air defense systems, rejecting a recent report that Moscow had turned down Tehran’s demand.

“No,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told Sputnik on Friday when asked whether Moscow had received a relevant request from Iran.

“Let them continue spreading [fake news],” Borisov said when asked to comment on the media speculations.

“Everything goes as it goes,” the minister commented on cooperation between Russia and Iran.

In a report published on May 30, Bloomberg claimed Russia had rejected Iran’s request to buy S-400 missile defense systems, “concerned that the sale would stoke more tension” in the Middle East.

The report came as tensions between the US and Iran escalated, particularly after the US administration sent a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East.

Last month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also rejected the Bloomberg report that Russia had refused to supply S-400 air defense systems to Iran.

The S-400 is an advanced air and missile defense system intended to engage targets at ranges of up to 400 kilometers (249 miles).

In August 2016, Iran released footage of transporting and deployment of the Russian S-300 missile defense system for the first time.

Russia undertook to deliver the systems to Iran under an $800-million deal in 2007.

Russia and Iran have enjoyed close political and military ties in recent years.

Russia is one of the countries defending the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which the US abandoned last year before reimposing a host of sanctions on the Iranian economy.

The two countries have also helped Syrian President Bashar al-Assad recapture most of the Arab country from the control of terrorists and militant groups which are backed by the US and its allies.



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