The withdrawal of Iran's claim against Russia at the court of arbitration is mandatory for closing the deal on the delivery of S-300 air defense missile systems between Tehran and Moscow, Special Representative of the Russian President for Afghanistan, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov has said.
"The withdrawal of Iranian claims against Russia is a mandatory condition for the conclusion of this contract; there can be no deal without this," Kabulov told Interfax in an interview on Sept.8.
The delivery of S-300 systems to Iran is still being discussed, Kabulov said, declining to say what stage negotiations on the contract were at.
"I cannot tell you about the current stage of this deal because this is a commercial secret. When the contract is signed, it will be made public," the senior Russian diplomat said.
The 2007 contract compelled Moscow to deliver five battalion sets of S-300 systems to Tehran at a total cost exceeding $800 million. The then President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree in fall 2010 prohibiting the delivery of S-300 systems to Iran. The contract was terminated and the upfront payments were given back to Tehran. Iran filed a claim of almost $4 billion with an arbitration court in Geneva.
Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban on S-300 supplies to Tehran in spring 2015. Iranian Defense Minister Hosein Dehqan said he was expecting the contract to be signed shortly.
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