The Belarusian government denied on Wednesday rumors that Minsk had allegedly sold S-300 air defense systems to Iran.
The Associated Press earlier cited the Iranian semi-official news agency Fars as saying that Iran had acquired two S-300PT (SA-10 Grumble) systems from Belarus and two more systems from an unidentified supplier. Iranian officials have not confirmed the fact so far.
"The State Military-Industrial Committee can officially state that Belarus has never held talks with Iran on the deliveries of the S-300 air defense systems," committee's spokesman Vladimir Lavrenyuk told RIA Novosti.
"Belarus has never supplied S-300 systems or their components to Iran," he said, adding that Minsk strictly complied with international arms control regulations.
Jane's Defense Systems News reported as far back as in January 2008 that Tehran was in the final stages of negotiations with Belarus for the acquisition of two surplus trailer-mounted towed S-300PT systems.
These outdated systems were deployed near Minsk and Belarus allegedly asked $140 mln for the two systems (including parts, maintenance and training).
The actual sale has never been confirmed. Belarus has no right to resell air defense systems supplied by the Soviet Union and later the Russian Federation.
Russia signed a contract on supplying Iran with at least five S-300 systems in December 2005, but the contract's implementation has so far been delayed.
On June 9, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1929 imposing a fourth set of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, including tougher financial controls and an expanded arms embargo.
The sale of S-300 air defense systems is believed to fall under the sanctions, though earlier Russia said the delivery would not be affected since the weapons are not included in the UN Register of Conventional Arms.
The S-300 PT is capable of shooting down aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missile warheads at ranges of over 90 miles (144 kilometers) and at altitudes of about 90,000 feet (27,432 meters).
MINSK, August 4 (RIA Novosti)
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- avatar_singhRussia abondanded friend to pelase its enemies!21:03, 04/08/2010ofocurse Russia should have j=kept the agreemnet to supply anti missile s-300 to Iran a long time ago! it jsut sghows that Russia cannot be trusted as a freind because Russia has not got guts to safeguard its own itnerest let alone its freinds. otherwise how will ruiisa annoy and cheat on friend to please its dire enmies anglosaxon countires like usa and england?
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He said Obama is a creature of Zbigniew Bryzinsky; that unlike the Neo-Cons, who were all about Israel and bullying weak nations (Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran) that could not strike back, Bryzinsky is a global madman of a much more dangerous order who sees Russia and China as the threats to Anglo-American hegemony that must be countered.
He said that Obama would not want to attack Iran but rather befriend it and turn it against Russia.....that Pakistan would be Obama's first target with the aim of 'Balkanising' it in the name of something like 'dignity' and independence for the different tribal regions....so Pakistan would fragment into 4 or 5 pieces and deny China a natural ally (shared border) also impeding the setting up of an energy corridor from Iran to China through Pakistan....and so on.
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- avatar_singhRussia is stupid to not look after its own itnerest and its freinds21:05, 04/08/2010written in 2007
DOES RUSSIA NOT REALIZE THAT IF EVER IRAN IS ATTACKED AND DEFEATED BY USA THEN RUSSIA WILL LOSE ALL STATUS AND PRESTIGE OF EVEN THIRD RATE POWER IN THE WORLD AND THEN NO COUNTRY WILL BE WIILING TO BE ON SIDE OF RUSSIABECAUSE EVERYONE WANTS TO BE WITH A STRONG COUNTRY WHO CAN ORDER AND MANAGE THE AGENDA AS AMERICA IS TRYING TO DO AND THEN RUSSIA WILL BE =DESTROYED AS IS THE VERY INTENTIONH OF BRITIAN AND AMERICA. OF USA? THE SAME GOES FOR CHINA?WHY HAVE THEY ALLOWED RESOLUTIONS AGASINT IRAN OR EVEN IRAQ TO GO THROUGH KNWOING FULLY WELL THAT UNLESS ANGLOAMERICAN BACKBONE IS SMASHED THE WORLD AND THIER OWN COUNTRY IS NOT SAFE NOW?
RUSSIA MUST NOT LET USA SCORE ANY MORE POINT ANYWHERE LET ALONE IN IRAN OTHERWISE RUSSIA IS FINISHED EVEN AS A COUNTRY .
BESIDES EVRY PERSON AND NATION MUST SUPPORT IRAQI INDEPDENCE MOVEMENT AGASINT THE AMERICAN OCCUPATION AND GIVE ARMS AMRAMNETR AND PEOPLE TO FIGHT BRITISH AND KILL THE ANGLOAMERICAN PARASITES EVERYWHERE.
iF AMERICA DARES TALK ABOUT ATTACKING IRAN ON GROUND OF IRANI SUPPORT FOR FIGHTERS RAQI INDEPDENCE FIGHTERS THEN ALL NATIONS MUST UNITE TO THEN AMERICA AND BRITIAN MSUT BE DESTROYED NOW.WAKE UP CHINA AND RUSSIA -DONTO BE STUPID ENOUGH TO ALLOW THESE ANGLOSAXON LOW BRED BASTARDS GET AWAY WITH WAR CRIMES.
- vusiIran is too soft21:19, 04/08/2010Iran should cut all diplomatic and economic ties with Russia since Russia is plotting against Iran national security. Iran should not waste time with countries that are unable to act honestly.
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