Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan revealed Tuesday that “Iran and Russia will sign a deal that will see Moscow send Tehran the S-300 air-defense missile system by next week.”
The deal has now been updated and will be finalized soon, the Iranian Students’ News Agency quoted Dehghan as saying. Dehghan said that as part of the new deal, Iran would be receiving an upgraded version of the S-300 system.
“We will go to Russia next week to sign the deal and there is no barrier hindering the agreement,” ISNA quoted him as saying. He added that the weapons system would be delivered to Iran shortly after the signing of the agreement.
The Iranian official noted that one series of the missile would be added to the previous agreement based on the new deal and all technological changes would be implemented in the new system, and an upgraded S-300 missile system would be delivered to Iran.
The deal comes after Russia announced that it was lifting its five-year ban on the sale of the S-300 to Iran in April, prior to the July signing of the comprehensive nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran. Putin said at the time that lifting the ban could encourage Iran to finalize the nuclear deal.
Source: Al-Ahed news