Russia's decision to export S-300 missile systems to Iran ranks among the most important decisions to have been made in bilateral relations, said Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanaei.
"Russia's decision, based on the Russian president's decree issued last week and unveiled by the Kremlin on Monday, is a commendable step which deserves recognition and praise," the Iranian ambassador wrote in his blog on the Internet.
"This decision definitely ranks among one of the most important ones made in Iranian-Russian relations today and marks serious progress in bilateral ties," Sanaei said.
"This decision also reaffirms the two nations' willingness to promote regional cooperation, as well as Iran's role in the peaceful settlement of problems and in ensuring stability in the Middle East," he said.
"S-300 deliveries had been intensively discussed in talks between the Russian and Iranian top leaders for the past months," he said.
"Iran has been arguing all along that this system does not come under sanctions for various reasons, given that it is a defensive system. Therefore, the latest decision is lawful from all points of view," the Iranian ambassador said.
"The Russian president who, according to the Russian constitution, is the supreme commander-in-chief of the Russian Armed Forces, has confirmed and supported the current and future processes that aim to lift sanctions on Iran," Sanaei said.
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