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MP Jalali:

Russians Had Been Informed of Iran's Lawsuit Bid

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, Aug 30 (ICANA) – A top Iranian legislator says Iran had already informed the Russians that it would file a lawsuit against Moscow if the talks to resolve the S300 missile systems did not produce any results.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 7:19:01 PM
Russians Had Been Informed of Iran's Lawsuit Bid

Rapporteur of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis (Iranian Parliament) Kazem Jalali also said that Russia owed Iran the missile system.

Speaking to ICANA on Tuesday, Jalali stated that based on international rules all states must be stay committed to their obligations vis-à-vis others otherwise this would seriously damage the trust of the other party.

Jalali said the Iranian people do not trust the Russians due to historical records, adding: "In the course of our negotiations we reminded the Russian side that they could reduce this mistrust by fulfilling their obligations but unfortunately Moscow did not listen to us."

Commenting on Russia's new proposal to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff with the West, Jalali said: "The course of Iran-Russia cooperation has always been full of ups and downs but Moscow's step-by-step plan is unrelated to Tehran's lawsuit against Russia."

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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