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Political hurdles to Iran S-300 delivery cleared: Russia

Iran Press TV

Wed Sep 9, 2015 2:34PM

A senior Russian official says Tehran and Moscow will sign a contract on the delivery of the S-300 anti-missile system to Iran in the 'near future.'

'All political decisions have been made, there are no obstacles there,' Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday.

The high-ranking diplomat said the talks between Tehran and Moscow on the issue are ongoing.

"The negotiations are continuing, the contract will be signed in the near future," Ryabkov told journalists, without elaborating on further details, including the exact time of the signing of the contract.

Russia's delivery of the system, which is based on a USD-800-million deal reached with Iran in 2007, was facilitated after President Vladimir Putin lifted a previous ban on the its provision to Iran.

The decision in April, which irked the United States and some allies in Europe, came after Iran and the P5+1 group of countries - the US, the UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany - reached a mutual understanding on Tehran's nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne in early April. The two sides reached an agreement in July, according to which, the sanctions on Iran are removed in return for some restrictions imposed on the country's nuclear program.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said in mid-August that "all changes" that have been made to the S-300 system by the Russians over the years will be implemented on the battalions that are going to be delivered to Iran.

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