Russia Refunds Iran over Cancelled Missile Sale

CRI English.com – January 20, 2012

Russia has refunded an advance payment made by Iran for the delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, which Moscow canceled under a U.N. resolution.

Sergei Chemezov, head of the Russian Technologies State Corporation, announced the refund, adding, “No forfeit payments have been made.”

Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said Thursday the issue ought to be left in the past and the two countries should focus on other aspects of their cooperation.

He did not rule out Moscow and Teheran signing new contracts in the military sphere, including shipment of S-400 anti-missile systems.

“If we receive such a proposal, we will study it thoroughly,” Sajjadi told the reporters.

In June 2010, the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution restricting supplies to Iran of conventional weapons, such as missile systems, tanks, combat helicopters, warplanes and warships.

Russia recognized the restrictions applied to the S-300 contract, which Moscow signed with Iran in 2007. Moscow cancelled the contract last October.

It is not clear whether U.N. sanctions can be applied to the S-400 system.

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