Putin: S-300 sale prompted by Iran's flexibility in talks

Whilst the dates of delivery are still under discussion, Putin has said that Iran's flexibility in finding a solution to their nuclear programme spurred the new contract

Putin: S-300 sale prompted by Iran's flexibility in talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Iran's willingness and flexibility in trying to find a solution with the West over its nuclear programme had spurred his decision to renew a contract to deliver an S-300 missile defence system to Tehran.

But the president, in his annual televised call-in show, said Russia would still work "as one" with its partners in the United Nations over Iran and that deliveries of the S-300 would work as a deterrent in the Middle East.

"And now with the progress of the Iranian nuclear track - and that is obviously positive - we do not see any reason to continue to keep the ban (on the delivery of the S-300) unilaterally," he said. 

Last Mod: 16 Nisan 2015, 14:49
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