October 28, 2009 / 1:57 PM / 10 years ago

Russia says has not supplied S-300 missiles to Iran

FRYAZINO, Russia (Reuters) - Russia has so far not supplied S-300 air defense missiles to Iran, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Wednesday.

Asked when Russia would deliver the systems to Iran, Ivanov said: “There have been no such deliveries to date.”

Ivanov, who oversees the defense sector in the Russian government, told reporters that the S-300 system was defensive.

The United States and Israel have pressed Russia not to fulfill a contract to supply the formidable S-300 system to Iran.

Israel says the S-300 systems could be used by Tehran to defend Iranian nuclear facilities against potential air strikes.

The truck-mounted S-300PMU1, known in the West as the SA-20, can shoot down cruise missiles and aircraft. It can fire at targets up to 150 km (90 miles) away and can travel at more than 2 km per second.

Reporting by Denis Dyomkin, writing by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Dmitry Solovyov

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