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Media: Tehran intends to buy from Russia arms for $8 billion

According to Russian media reports, the Iranian defense Minister Hussein Dehghan arrived in Moscow to promote arms deals.

In Moscow on a two-day visit, the Iranian defense Minister Hussein Dehghan. He arrived in Moscow on Monday, 15 February, the head of a representative delegation of his Department. According to the newspaper «Kommersant» , Tuesday, February 16, Dehgans should be taken by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. To this publication in the Russian newspaper drew attention to Israeli state radio station «Sieves Beth».

The newspaper «Kommersant» citing a source close to the Kremlin reported that during the visit representatives of the Iranian Ministry of defense talks with the head of the defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu, the Russian presidential aide for military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin and Deputy Prime Minister for defense industry Dmitry Rogozin.

Russian newspaper writes that the visit of General Dehgans to Moscow is intended to promote a number of key arms deals. According to the information of Kommersant, Tehran has handed Moscow a list of military equipment and weapons, in which he is interested. We’re talking about service contracts worth at least eight billion dollars. The list was studied in the defense Ministry, the government and the Kremlin.

«Kommersant» writes that the plans of the two countries could prevent two factors: in particular, the lack of money from Tehran. According to sources of Kommersant, Tehran expects to buy Russian arms on credit in Moscow, however, not ready to take this due to the economic crisis.

The second complicating factor is the resolution of the UN security Council, imposing restrictions on the supply to Iran of conventional weapons. In accordance with the terms of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, Tehran deliveries of tanks, armored combat vehicles, artillery systems of the big calibre (10 mm and above), combat aircraft and helicopters, warships, missiles or missile systems can be carried out only with the permission of the UN security Council. And restrictions will be in effect until 2020. Prior to this date, writes «Kommersant», Russia is unlikely to be able to supply the part of Iran requested weapons.

On 15 February, the head of the second Asia Department of the Russian foreign Ministry Zamir Kabulov, told RIA Novosti that in the coming days will begin deliveries of the Islamic Republic of Russian anti-aircraft missile system s-300. The Russian diplomat also said that the Iranian side expressed interest in the purchase of a more powerful s-400. However, he said that concrete negotiations on this question are not kept.

In August it became known that Iran is interested in acquiring Russia at least two types of military aircraft. It was also reported that Vice President of Iran for science and technology Soren sattari said in Moscow discussed the purchase of multipurpose fighters su-30.

«Kommersant» indicates that Tehran may also seek Moscow’s assistance in repairing Iran’s fleet of MiG-29 and su-24МК, as well as submarines.

Media: Tehran intends to buy from Russia arms for $8 billion 16.02.2016

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