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US Examining Effect of Possible Sanctions for Russia’s S-300 Sale to Iran

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Military exercise involving S-300 surface-to-air missile systems - Sputnik International
The US government continues to study the effect on the United States of possible sanctions against Russia for its delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Iran, Department of State spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Monday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari told Sputnik earlier in June the implementation of the Russia-Iran agreement on the delivery of S-300 air defense systems goes according to plan, and Tehran hopes that all systems will be delivered by the year’s end.

"We are still examining what the repercussions would be on our end of that," Kirby said. "We are continuing to examine what it would mean for us in terms of the sanctions regime."

In 2007, Russia and Iran signed a $900-million deal for the delivery of five S-300 missile systems to Tehran. In 2010, Russia suspended the contract, citing a UN Security Council resolution that placed an arms embargo on Tehran until it proved the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. Iran filed a lawsuit against Russia over the incident in the International Court of Arbitration.

In 2015, Moscow annulled the S-300 delivery ban, after Iran and six world powers, including Russia, reached a framework nuclear agreement that stipulated lifting sanctions in exchange for Tehran maintaining the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.

On April 11, the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that Russia had made the first contracted delivery of the S-300 systems as scheduled.

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