Thursday, August 25, 2011

Iran sues Russia over refusal to deliver S-300 defense systems

Iran's Ambassador to Russia Seyyed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said Iran has filed a lawsuit against Russia at the International Court of Justice over Moscow's refusal to ship S-300 air defense systems to Tehran, the local satellite Press TV reported on Thursday.

"Legally, we believe the shipment of S-300 system is not subject to the UN Security Council resolution so we filed our lawsuit, hoping the International Court ruling would help Russia carry out the supplies," Sajjadi was quoted as saying by Press TV correspondent.

Iran and Russia signed the S-300 contract in 2007. In September 2010 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree banning shipments to Iran of the weapons and equipment listed in the UN resolution.

The S-300 is an advanced mobile missile system which can shoot down aircraft and cruise missiles from up to 150 km away.
Comment: good for Iran!