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Commenting on Iran's lawsuit against Russia over S300 Missile Systems

Sanaei: Lawsuit against Moscow Has Nothing to Do with Phased Plan

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, Aug 29 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian legislator says it is Iran's legal right to file a lawsuit against Russia over its failure to deliver the S300 missile systems it had promised to supply to Tehran.
Monday, August 29, 2011 9:52:54 PM
Sanaei: Lawsuit against Moscow Has Nothing to Do with Phased Plan

"This lawsuit has nothing to do with the step-by-step plan proposed by the Russians to resolve Iran's nuclear issue," Mehdi Sanaei told ICANA on Monday.

Sanaei who co-chairs Iran-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Group, added that the Russians had failed to fulfill their commitment based on a contract they had signed years ago.

He said: "Despite the significance we attach to relations with Russia we consider it our legal right to follow up the material and moral losses caused by non-delivery of the S300 missiles systems." He said Iran's decision had been made after talks and consultations with the Russian side had produced no result.

He said Iran did not expect Russia to refuse supply of the missile systems and rejected claims by Moscow that the UN Security Council sanctions prevented Moscow from respecting its obligation. "The contract was signed years before the UNSC Resolution (1929) and was not subject to the sanctions," Sanaei said.

Iran's Ambassador to Russia Seyyed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said Iran has filed a lawsuit against Russia at the International Court of Justice over Moscow's refusal to ship S-300 air defense systems to Tehran.

“Legally, we believe the shipment of S-300 system is not subject to the UN Security Council resolution so we filed our lawsuit, hoping the International Court ruling would help Russia carry out the supplies,” Sajjadi said in a press conference in the Russian capital, Moscow, on Wednesday.

Under a contract signed in 2007, Russia was required to provide Iran with at least five S-300 air-defense systems.

However, Moscow's continuous 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.

In reaction to Iran's move, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said: “Taking into account the traditionally friendly nature of bilateral ties, the fact that our Iranian partners have chosen this path cannot but cause surprise.”

Iran has been trying to obtain the sophisticated defense system to improve its deterrence power in reaction to Israeli war rhetoric.

Experts believe the S-300 missile defense system can shield Iranian nuclear sites from any Israeli airstrike.

The contract, which had been signed in late 2005, includes the purchase of the S-300V model of the air defense system. The latest version of the S-300 series is the S-300PMU2 Favorit, which has a range of 195 kilometers (about 120 miles) and can intercept aircraft and ballistic missiles at altitudes from 10 meters to 27 kilometers. The S-300 is considered one of the world's most effective all-altitude regional air defense systems, comparable in performance to the US-built MIM-104 Patriot system.

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