Russia to Deliver S-300 Missile Divisions to Iran by Year End

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FILE - In this undated file photo a Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is on display in an undisclosed location in Russia. (AP Photo, File)
A Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is on display in an undisclosed location in Russia. (AP Photo, File)

Russia will deliver several divisions of its S-300 air defense missile system to Iran by the end of this year, Interfax news agency quoted Russian presidential aide Vladimir Kozhin as saying on Thursday.

Kozhin also said that so far this year Russia had delivered to Iran “around” one division.

Russia said in April that it canceled a contract to deliver S-300s, among the world’s most capable air defense systems, to Iran in 2010 under pressure from the West. But President Vladimir Putin lifted that self-imposed ban in April 2015 following an interim nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Israel strongly opposes the supply of the system to Iran, which does not recognize Israel.

The U.S. military has said it has accounted for the possible delivery of the S-300 to Iran in its contingency planning.