September 11, 2013
Russia will offer Iran a new supply of S-300 missiles and assistance
in the construction of an additional nuclear reactor in Bushehr, Russian
paper Kommersant reported Wednesday.
The proposal comes three years after a previous agreement under which
Russia was expected to transfer five S-300 batteries to Iran was
canceled. A week and a half ago Russian President Vladimir Putin
confirmed in an interview for AP that Moscow supplied Syria with
components for the system, but that the shipment was not completed.
According to a source within the Kremlin, Putin decided to grant an
Iranian request to supply the Islamic Republic with the high-end S-300
air defense system with a deal estimated at $800 million which will also
include coordinating the construction of an additional nuclear reactor
According to the report, Putin has instructed his staff to prepare
the agreements so as to discuss them with Iranian President Hassan
Rohani during the two leaders’ scheduled meeting on Friday. The source
believes that Teheran will accept the renewed Russian proposal.
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