It's official: Russia's not supplying Iran with the S-300
This story was a much bigger topic of conversation on this blog in 2007 and 2008, but now it's official. The Russians have returned to Iran their deposit for the S-300 missile defense system that Iran had planned to use to protect their nuclear facilities. Iran is not going to get the S-300
. As difficult as Russia has been regarding sanctions against Iran, they're not willing to make Iran's nuclear program that difficult to penetrate.
"The main payment and its interest was returned to Iran by the Russian side," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said in his weekly press conference in Tehran today.
"A paragraph had been foreseen in the contract for compensation," he explained, saying that based on international laws, any country which breaches its contract terms with another state should pay indemnity.
The International Court of Arbitration settles international commercial disputes and since the Russian company (responsible for the S-300 contract) is non-governmental, Iran filed a complaint with the court in order to compensate for its losses.
Under a contract signed in 2007, Russia was required to provide Iran with at least five S-300 air-defense systems.
However, Moscow's continued delays in delivering the defense system drew criticism from the Islamic Republic on several occasions.
Russia has been refusing to deliver the system to Iran under the pretext that the system is covered by the fourth round of UN Security Council resolutions against Iran.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a decree in September 2010 prohibiting the sale of S-300 missile systems to Iran, citing restrictions under sanctions the UN Security Council imposed on Tehran in June over its nuclear activities.
The other way Iran might have been able to get the S-300 was via Syria, but by this logic, Russia should not be willing to sell it to Syria either because they are also under sanctions. Of course, there's always Turkey....
Labels: Iranian nuclear threat, Russian weapons, S-300 missile defense system