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Monday, November 20, 2006

Russia Implementing Arms Contract With Iran: Official

Agence France-Presse
Nov 20, 2006 - 6:11:23 AM

Russia is going ahead with a contract to deliver sophisticated air defense systems to Iran, a Russian Defense Ministry official said Nov. 17, despite appeals from Washington to reconsider.

“The contract with Iran is being implemented. Everything is going well. We will honor the terms fully,” said Mikhail Dmitrev, head of the federal service for military-technical cooperation, ITAR-TASS reported.

“There is no reason to review this contract,” Dmitrev said.

At the end of 2005, Russian media reported that Iran signed a contract with Moscow for the purchase of 29 Tor-M1 air defense systems for $700 million.
The United States called on Russia in May to scrap the contract.

In August, Washington announced sanctions against Russian jet-maker Sukhoi and state arms exporter Rosoboronexport for providing Iran with equipment that could be used to develop weapons of mass destruction.

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