MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday he did not consider the decision to deliver S-300 air defense systems to Iran as a political mistake.
“I strongly disagree with those who say that the S-300 delivery was a political mistake.”
Several countries had long accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear program – claims consistently rejected by the Islamic Republic.
The Russian announcement was met with sharp criticism in Israel, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again accusing Iran of threatening regional security.
The United States, however, reacted calmly to the news, with President Barack Obama saying he was surprised the delivery had been halted so long, given that the defensive S-300s had not been covered by UN's embargo.