News ID: 254995
Published: 0212 GMT June 29, 2019

Russia says received no request, but ready to give S-400 air defense system to Iran

Russia says received no request, but ready to give S-400 air defense system to Iran
ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP

Russia is ready to deliver S-400 air defense systems to Iran, but it has not received a relevant request from Iran yet, the press service of the Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation told Sputnik on Friday.

"We are open for discussions on delivering S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems, including to Iran. Especially given that this equipment is not subject to restrictions outlined in UN Security Council's resolution, issued on June 20, 2015. We have not received an official request from our partners on this matter yet," a representative of the press service said during the International Military-Technical Forum Army-2019, which was held outside Moscow.

In late-May, Bloomberg reported, citing its sources that Russia had refused to sell Iran its S-400 air defense system. According to the agency, Russia had explained its decision by saying that such a move would escalate tensions in the region.

However, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Seyyed Abbas Mousavi dismissed reports about Tehran’s plans for the purchase of S-400 missile system during a press conference on June 10, saying that Iran doesn’t need it because homegrown air defense systems developed by the country’s experts are not any less reliable than foreign ones, Tasnim News Agency reported.

 

   
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