Tension between the Russia and Iran? A deal that was signed over five years ago, in 2005, for the delivery of S-300 missile defense systems has not been followed through on by the Russians. It seems that a combination of “technical issues” and international pressure are slowing delivery on the contract to a near halt.
Russia’s failure to deliver on the S-300 missile defense system for Iran could undermine bilateral relations with Tehran, Iranian officials said.
Both countries signed agreements in 2005 for the delivery of at least five S-300 systems to Iran, though the implementation of the contract has stagnated.
Ramin Mahmen Parast, the spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, stressed that “all countries” involved in pending transactions with the Islamic republic should honor their commitments, Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti reports.
“Failure to fulfill one’s obligations will leave a negative imprint in the memory of the Iranian public,” he said. RIA Novosti stressed that his statements were a “thinly veiled” reference to the S-300 contracts.