Russia Completes Delivery of S-300 Air Defense Missiles to Iran

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FILE -- In this April 17, 2016 file photo, a long-range S-300 missile system is displayed by Iran's army during a parade marking National Army Day, in Tehran, Iran. State media says the military has begun deploying a Russia-supplied S-300 air defense system around the underground Fordo nuclear facility. Video footage posted late Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, on Iranian state TV’s website showed trucks arriving at the site and missile launchers being aimed skyward. Russia began delivering the S-300 system to Iran earlier this year after sanctions were lifted under a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
A long-range S-300 missile system is displayed by Iran’s army during a parade marking National Army Day, in Tehran, Iran, in April. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Russia has completed the delivery of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran, RIA news agency quoted Russia’s state arms export agency as saying on Thursday.

Russia’s agreement to provide Iran with S-300 defense systems has sparked concern in Israel. Moscow canceled the contract to deliver S-300s to Iran in 2010 under pressure from the West.

Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted that self-imposed ban in April 2016, following an interim agreement that paved the way for last year’s full nuclear deal.

Russia delivered the first parts of the S-300s, the missile tubes and radar equipment, to Iran in April 2016.