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Iran holds Russia responsible for "damages" on freeze of missile delivery

06-23-2010 17:41 BJT

TEHRAN, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Iranian defense minister said Tuesday Russia will be responsible for the damages caused by its failure to deliver the S-300 missile defense system to Iran, local satellite Press TV reported.

Ahmad Vahidi said that the delivery of the air-defense systems would not violate Russian or international laws, the report said.

"Russia has a duty to fulfill its obligations... Implementing the S-300 deal is not against Russian laws or international regulations," Vahidi was quoted as saying.

Iran struck a deal with Russia in 2007 to buy the S-300 systems, but Russia delayed the delivery of the anti-aircraft missiles.

"It is obvious that (Russia) is responsible for the damages caused by its failure to implement the deal," said the minister, according to Press TV.

Iranian officials have urged Moscow to stand by its commitments regarding the S-300 defense system deal with Tehran.

Last week, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy that his country will freeze missile sales to Iran in light with the UN sanctions, according to the Elysee Palace.

The United States and Israel oppose selling Iran the S-300 air defense system, an advanced missile system capable of shooting down aircraft and cruise missiles from up to 150 km away.

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Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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