Russia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of Russian state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec, was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying on Monday. Russia arming Iran with an S-300 missile defense system.
Chemezov was quoted as saying at the Dubai Airshow:
“S-300, the air defense system, the contract has already been signed.”
There has been instances in the past where false news was propagated by Russia with regard to Syrian delivery of the S-300 missile defense system to discourage planning for any air strikes against the Assad regime.
A nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers earlier this deal has put Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchies on edge: They fear Tehran’s rapprochement with the West will allow it to pursue an expansionist agenda in the region.
Chemezov said Gulf countries had no reason to feel threatened by the deal. Russia must have some intelligence knowledge of Gulf countries preparing or planning to attack any Iranian nuclear program.
Chemezov, speaking through interpreters, told Reuters in Dubai:
“This is defense equipment. And we are ready to offer this defense equipment to any country. So if the Gulf countries are not going to attack Iran … why should they be threatened? Because this is defense equipment.”
He added: “Five years ago … even now, up to now … And we said that the S-300 is not capable to attack … to reach the neighboring countries.”
Reuters contributed to this article.