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    Russia will consider a potential request from Iran on acquiring Russian tanks, armored personnel carriers and combat aircraft, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Deliveries of S-300 air defense systems to Iran will be completed by year-end, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Sputnik.

    "I believe they [deliveries] are likely to be completed this year," Lavrov said.

    "The number [of S-300s] is in strict accordance with the contract. Frankly, I'm afraid of giving the wrong information now, I simply cannot remember [the exact number]. But the number is absolutely adequate in terms of Iran ensuring its legitimate security interests and protecting its airspace," he added.

    "Now, by the way, bans on providing Iran with certain types of weapons — tanks, armored personnel carriers and combat aircraft — have been lifted and transferred to a permissive mode. So Iran can voice interest in these types of weapons. If we receive any requests, we will, of course, consider them," Lavrov said.

    "I will repeat that the S-300s are not covered by any restrictions, neither are many types of small arms and light weapons. Therefore, all possibilities are open here. As for the permissive mode, which requires UN Security Council approval, if and when Iran expresses an interest in acquiring any of these items, the appropriate procedures will be implemented," he added.

    Lavrov also noted that Iran would withdraw its lawsuit against Russia as the contract was implemented. "This has all been agreed," he said.

    Russia and Iran initially signed an S-300 delivery deal in 2007, but its implementation was halted by Moscow due to UN Security Council sanctions against Tehran. In response, Iran filed a lawsuit against Russia.

    The S-300-P surface-to-air missile system
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    The S-300-P surface-to-air missile system


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