MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia has begun fulfilling a contract with Iran on the delivery of S-300 air defense systems that the Islamic Republic has already been paying for, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Wednesday.
In 2007, Moscow and Tehran signed an $800-million deal for the delivery of five S-300 missile systems to Iran. In 2010, Russia suspended the contract, citing a UN Security Council resolution that placed an armed embargo on Tehran until it proved a peaceful nature of its nuclear project.
In April, Moscow repealed the S-300 delivery ban, after the P5+1 group, comprising Russia, the United States, France, China, the United Kingdom and Germany, reached a framework nuclear agreement to remove sanctions against Iran in exchange for guarantees of the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities.
Earlier in December, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced a closure of investigation into Iran’s nuclear program, after it had found no indications of military-related nuclear developments in the country.