Iran will withdraw its lawsuit if Russia delivers S-300 missile systems - Ambassador

Tehran will withdraw its suit from the Geneva Arbitration Court over Russia's failure to deliver S-300 missile systems to it, if Russia fulfils the contract, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi told Interfax on Tuesday.

Tehran will withdraw its suit from the Geneva Arbitration Court over Russia's failure to deliver S-300 missile systems to it, if Russia fulfils the contract, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi told Interfax on Tuesday.

If Iran sees that Russia has changed its position on the delivery of S-300 missile systems "Iran's conduct will change, too," he said.

"Russia said that it cannot ship these systems to Iran over UN Security Council Resolution 1929. We wanted to prove in court that this is not the true reason and that you could deliver these systems to us despite this resolution. Therefore, we turned to court," the Iranian ambassador said. "Under the contract, if either party fails to abide by the obligations assumed, the other party will have the right to turn to court."

Iran filed a $4 billion suit with the Geneva Arbitration Court against Russia's state arms trader Rosoboronexport.

In June 2010 the UN Security Council passed a fourth resolution imposing sanctions on Iran, limiting conventional weapons deliveries to it for the first time, including missiles and missile systems, tanks, assault helicopters, warplanes and warships.

Russia said that the new resolution also applies to the contract for the delivery of S-300 missile systems to Tehran, signed several years ago.

Then President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on September 22, 2010 pledging to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1929 of June 9 2010 which banned S-300 missile systems deliveries to Iran. The contract was annulled on October 7.

Moscow and Tehran signed a contract for the delivery of these advanced systems in 2007 to defend Iran from air strikes. Israel and the United States assailed this contract.

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