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Najabat: Lawsuit against Russia over S300 Missiles Systems Iran's Right

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TEHRAN, Aug 29 (ICANA) – An Iranian lawmaker has said it was Iran's right to file a lawsuit against Russia over its failure to supply S300 missile systems to Tehran and noted that the Russian officials should not surprised or upset about this.
Monday, August 29, 2011 10:16:53 PM
Najabat: Lawsuit against Russia over S300 Missiles Systems Iran's Right

Speaking to ICANA on Monday, MP Hossein Nejabat said Iran had every right to pursue its rights through competent international authorities and this should not come as a surprise to the Russians.

Referring to comments by the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman that the issue could be resolved through negotiations, the lawmaker said the first step for Iran in this respect was to make sure that its right would not be denied.

"We filed the lawsuit to make it clear why the Russians have refused to supply the missile systems to Iran in the first place," Nejabat noted.

"After the international court substantiates Iran's right to receive the S300 missile systems then the Russians may travel to Tehran and offer their proposals to settle the issue," the top legislator concluded.

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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