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Russia's ban on arms sales to Iran 'illogical'

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Moscow's refusal to deliver S-300 missile defense systems to Iran is illogical, Iran's top military commander said on Thursday.

Moscow's refusal to deliver S-300 missile defense systems to Iran is illogical, Iran's top military commander said on Thursday.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on Wednesday banning the delivery of S-300 air defense systems and a host of other arms to Iran.

The ban, which includes battle tanks, armored vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, warplanes, military helicopters, ships and missiles, is part of measures Russia is taking to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 1929 of June 9, 2010.

"The resolution imposes no restrictions on air-defense systems so the action by the Russian leadership, which cites the provisions of the UN Security Council resolution six months after it was adopted, lacks logic," Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said, the Fars news agency reported.

He also said that Iran could build its own version of the S-300 system.

Russia signed an $800 million contract on the delivery to Iran of S-300 systems to equip at least five battalions in late 2007.

MOSCOW, September 23 (RIA Novosti) 

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