- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Russia is set to deliver its first shipment of its S-300 air defense missile system to Iran in the coming days, a senior Russian official told the Interfax news agency.

“I don’t know if this will happen today, but [the S-300 missiles] will be loaded” for shipment to Iran, the agency quoted Zamir Kabulov, a department chief at the Foreign Ministry, as saying, Reuters reported.

Russia signed an $800 million contract in 2007 to deliver five S-300 missile systems to Iran.

The contract was suspended in 2010 due to a United Nations Security Council resolution, which banned arms deliveries to Iran until Tehran proved it had peaceful motives for its nuclear projects.

That embargo was lifted in 2015 after Iran signed a nuclear deal with world powers in exchange for sanctions relief.

The S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is one of the most sophisticated in the world and is capable of tracking multiple airplanes at once.

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