- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Russia will send its first S-300 air defense missile system to Iran on Thursday, the Kremlin’s RIA state news agency reported on Wednesday.

Moscow will also sign a contract this year with Iran to supply a batch of its Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jets to the Islamic Republic, RIA reported, quoting a senior official at Russia’s arms export agency.

The weapons deals come as Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan is visiting Moscow this week. He met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.

The missile system will be delivered under the terms of an earlier contract.

Russia cancelled a contract to deliver the S-300 advanced anti-missile rocket system to Iran in 2010 after receiving backlash from the U.N. following sanctions it imposed on Iran over its nuclear program.

• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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