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Moscow BREAKS SILENCE on Claim of Russia's Alleged Refusal to Sell S-400 to Iran

Sputnik News

14:51 31.05.2019(updated 00:20 01.06.2019)

On Thursday, Bloomberg published a report, citing its sources, which says that Russia has rejected a request from Iran to buy S-400 missile defence systems amid concerns that the move would deteriorate the situation in the Middle East.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday he did not have information that Russia had allegedly refused to supply S-400 air defence systems to Iran.

"We must be very careful about information," Peskov said, commenting on media reports that Russia rejected a request from Iran for the purchase of S-400 missile systems.

Sputnik has learned from its source on Friday that Tehran and Moscow were currently not discussing S-400 supplies to Iran.

The report by Bloomberg comes after US-Iran tensions spiralled earlier this month, when Washington imposed extra sanctions on Tehran and sent an aircraft carrier strike group, as well as B-52 bombers and Patriot interceptors to the Middle East. The US described its move as an attempt to respond to "a threat emanating from Iran".

Iran, for its part, said it would partially suspend its commitments under the nuclear deal, and set a 60-day deadline for the five remaining signatories to the agreement so that they guarantee the protection of Iranian interests. Otherwise, Tehran said, it would resume uranium enrichment at higher levels.


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