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S-300 delivery to be completed in a month

Defense Minister:
TEHRAN – Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan says Iran will fully receive the remaining consignment of the Russian S-300 missile defense system in a month.
“We have completely taken delivery of the S-300 missile system. The main part of the system has been transferred to Iran, and the remaining part is being loaded for transfer which will be completed in a month,” he told reporters on Saturday, Press TV reported.
Dehqan said the country will decide on where to station the system in accordance with threats posed against the country’s “sensitive points.”
Russia undertook to deliver the systems — which are used to intercept tactical and ballistic aircraft and projectiles — to Iran under a $800-million deal in 2007 but refused to deliver on the commitment, citing UN sanctions against Iran.
Following Moscow’s refusal to deliver the systems, Iran filed a complaint against the relevant Russian arms manufacturer with the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva. In April 2015, President Vladimir Putin lifted the Russian self-imposed ban on the delivery of the S-300 and Moscow subsequently signed a new contract to supply Iran with the systems by the end of that year. Tehran recently dropped the case at the arbitration court.
The Iranian defense chief further said the country had refused a Russian proposal for the procurement of the Russian S-400 air defense system.
Over the past three years, the Iranian defense minister has held five meetings with his Russian opposite number, Sergei Shoigu.
Addressing bilateral defense cooperation, Dehqan said the collaboration was aimed at “fighting instability and insecurity, the establishment of peace and security, and the eradication of terrorism in the region.”
“We will keep up the cooperation until the attainment of the intended goals,” Dehqan said in his Saturday remarks.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he said that Iran’s and Russia’s definition of the terrorists operating in Syria differs from that of the West. “The West is of the opinion that only Daesh should be confronted in Syria as a terror group, but we believe that all those groups that operate to cause instability in the [Arab] country are terrorist and should be confronted.”


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