: Russia ships first S-300 air defence missiles to Iran

13:38 Apr. 11, 2016

Russia ships first S-300 air defence missiles to Iran

S-300 long range surface-to-air missile systems during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, May 9, 2015 in Minsk, Belarus (Getty Images)

Contract was revived after nuclear deal between Iran and world powers

Russia has delivered the first shipment of its S-300 air defence missile systems to Iran, according to the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari.

The missile systems are being delivered under the terms of an earlier contract, which Russia was forced to cancel in 2010 under pressure from the West.

President Putin lifted the ban in April 2015 following a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for a loosening of economic sanctions.

Israel has sharply criticized Russia's decision to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missiles, which are among the world's most capable air defence systems. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the agreement threatens Israel's national security.

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