Russia cites 'technical issues' over Iran arms delay

The truck-mounted S-300 can shoot down hostile missiles or aircraft up to 150 km (90 miles) away.

Russia cites 'technical issues' over Iran arms delay

A Russian arms export official said on Wednesday the delivery of its S-300 anti-aircraft systems to Iran had been delayed because of technical problems but would go ahead, Interfax news agency reported.

"There is a delay due to technical problems. The delivery will be completed when they are solved," Alexander Fomin, first deputy director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, was quoted as saying. The body controls Russian arms exports.

The comments, which reaffirm earlier statements from senior officials, come after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week urged the Kremlin not to sell the system to Iran during a two-day trip to Moscow.

The truck-mounted S-300 can shoot down hostile missiles or aircraft up to 150 km (90 miles) away.

Israel, most experts estimate that it has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, considers the Islamic republic its top enemy and often threatens the country with an attack.


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