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    Moscow will deliver modernized versions of the S-300 missile defense systems, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told RIA Novosti on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On April 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree lifting the cancellation of the S-300 air defense systems sale, originally put into place following the 2010 UN Security Council embargo on arms deliveries to Tehran.

    “It should be noted that the Russian side has included some definite improvements to the system that we need to learn from the technical point of view.”

    Dehghan said that no additional Russian specialists would be needed since all of the Iranian specialists working with the system had already gone through training.

    “The necessary training skills for using this system were held during the previous contract so we don’t need to invite any [Russian] consultants to give instructions on using this system,” he added.

    Putin's decision to lift the S-300 sales ban took place two weeks after Tehran and world agreed on a framework for a deal to detail Iran's nuclear program. The framework involves sanctions against Iran, including the arms embargo, being phased out over time. The final deal is expected by July 2015.

    On Thursday, the Russian President Putin said that there were no reasons for Moscow to keep the embargo on providing Iran with S-300 missile defense systems, underlining that it is a purely defensive weapon.

    The same day, Iran’s Defense Ministry said the S-300 deal could be closed by the end of 2015.


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