Russia is willing to come up with a proposal on settling a dispute with Iran regarding the aborted delivery of S-300 air defense missile systems, Kommersant reported with reference to sources close to the Russian military-technological cooperation system and Kremlin sources.
"The cancellation of the decree signed by Dmitry Medvedev in 2010 [on severing the contact for S-300] is not under consideration," a Kremlin source told Kommersant. "We are considering the possibility of supplying Iran with systems not falling under the restrictions," he said.
The sources close to the military-technological cooperation system said the matter could imply possible shipments of Antei-2500 systems to Iran, which are a modified version of the S-300V system designed for ground forces and which are not legally subject to the 2010 decree.
"If our Iranian partners accept our proposal, this would help strengthen Russia's positions as a reliable partner in military-technological cooperation. This will also be a reason for Iran to withdraw its lawsuit from a court and put an end to this dispute, which nobody needs," a source close to the Rosoboronexport agency said.
The newspaper said it could not obtain official comments on the matter.
A source close to the Iranian Foreign Ministry also told Kommersant that the issue could be among the key ones to be addressed at Russian President Vladimir Putin's meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on July 1, when the Iranian leader would be attending a summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).
"Only one month is left before the end of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidential term, and if he did not have some expectations regarding arms supplies, he would not travel only to attend the GECF summit," he said.
Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said on June 10 that Tehran was willing to cooperate with Moscow to resolve the dispute over the S-300 supplies.
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