1241 GMT July 20, 2019
Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Abbas Mousavi dismissed reports about Tehran’s plans for the purchase of S-400 missile system, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“We have not made any requests to Russia for the purchase of S-400,” the spokesman underlined.
“We do not feel a need for this (Russian) system for now,” Mousavi said, adding that homegrown air defense systems developed by Iranian experts are not any less reliable than foreign ones.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov had recently rejected some media reports that Moscow had turned down Tehran’s demand for purchase of S-400 systems.
Russia has not received any request from Iran for delivering S-400 systems, he said, according to Sputnik.
“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 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 Iranian spokesperson on Monday expressed gratitude to Russia for its stances toward the nuclear deal, saying the Russians and Chinese proved their commitment to the JCPOA, both in words and deeds.
Although Russia and China have their own restrictions, they have put forward and implemented “good initiatives” for interaction with Iran, Mousavi added, but refused to give more details on the initiatives.