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Russia ready to discuss arms sales with Iran - arms exporter

RIA Novosti

13:18 28/10/2010 MOSCOW, October 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Thursday it was ready to discuss the delivery to Iran of arms that fall outside UN sanctions.

"Rosoboronexport strictly complies with the UN Security Council's resolutions and the Russian President's decree on sanctions against Iran," Rosoboronexport head Anatoly Isaykin said. "But if we receive orders for arms that are not included in the list of sanctions, we will hold discussions on the matter."

"There is no an absolute taboo on this," he added.

In September, Moscow banned the sale of S-300 air defense systems and other arms to Tehran following a fourth round of UN Security Council sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

The contract to supply Iran with the missile system, one of most effective in existence, was signed at the end of 2007. Russia was to supply five battalions of S-300PMU-1 to Tehran, worth $800 million.

Russia is currently in talks with Tehran over compensation payments for the cancellation of the contract.

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