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Medvedev: S-300 supplies to Iran not in conflict with Russian-Israeli

Saturday, November 5, 2016 15:43
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S-300 supplies to Iran not in conflict with Russian-Israeli warm relations -
Being Russia’s president at the time, Medvedev suspended the agreement on
S-300 supplies to Iran
November 05, 23:25 UTC+3

MOSCOW, November 5. /TASS/. Russian supplies to Iran of S-300 air defense
missile systems do not contradict the good relationship of Russia and
Israel, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Israeli
Channel 2 broadcaster ahead of his visit to the country scheduled for
November 10.

“We have warm, very good relations with Israel and we are hoping to further
their development. For this sake, I am coming to Israel. Also, we have
relations with other countries, namely Iran and other regional countries as
well,” Medvedev said, noting that Russia had joined sanctions against Tehran
and refused to sell it weapons until the Iran nuclear deal was sealed.

“I remember how during practically my first meeting with (US) President
(Barack) Obama, he said that the Iran nuclear program was issue ‘number one’
for him,” Medvedev said.

Being Russia’s president at the time, Medvedev suspended the agreement on
S-300 supplies to Iran. Nevertheless, after the Iran nuclear deal had been
signed thanks to international efforts, including Russia’s ones, and
sanctions had been removed, Russia began to act “within the framework of
reality that exists now.”

“Certainly, we are not eager to whip up tensions, although we are also going
to build comprehensive relations with Iran,” he said, adding the contacts
with that country had “sufficiently intensified both in the economy and in
supplies of weapons and military materiel.”

The contract for the delivery of S-300 to Iran was signed in 2007 but was
suspended in 2010. In the spring of 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin
lifted the ban on S-300 supplies to Iran and in November that year the
contract came into force.


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