TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi cautioned that Moscow‘s decision to annul the contract for the delivery of the sophisticated anti-aircraft S-300 missile to Iran undermined credibility of Russia as an arms supplier.
“They showed through this act that they are not reliable and trustworthy, which of course, we already knew,” Vahidi said at a ceremony held here on Sunday to commemorate the Week of Sacred Defense, marking the country’s resistance against the 8-year-long Iraqi invasion in 1980.
“This was a big scandal for them as they showed that they are not able to maintain their independence even when dealing with a simple issue,” Vahidi stated.
“We will not build (an Iranian version of) S-300 air defense but will manufacture a long-range defense system similar to the S-300 in range,” he explained.
The remarks by Vahidi came after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a decree on the ban, which also prohibited exports of tanks, aircraft and sea vessels to Iran.
There are many Russians that I know that will find this a serious flaw in Medvedev…
This truly is a defense weapon that really means very little to the overall issue. Iran does not really need these missiles. But the issue of trust is extended to the whole world…
Russia broke that trust when failing to supply the defense missiles that were contracted many years ago…
Iran is correct…
Windows to Russia!
- Iran Criticizes Russia Over S-300 Missile Deal Ban (nytimes.com)
- Iran criticizes Russia over S-300 missile deal ban (dailycaller.com)
- You: Iran regrets Russia’s decision to cancel arms deal (earthtimes.org)
- Iran claims to have developed long-range artillery (israelmatzav.blogspot.com)
- Iran criticizes Russia over decision to ban sales to Tehran of S-300 missile systems (foxnews.com)
- “Iran has obtained S-300 air defense systems” (rt.com)
- Iran criticizes Russia over S-300 missile deal ban (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Russia against sanctions to Iran despite missiles ban (reuters.com)
- Iran criticizes Russia over S-300 missile deal ban (sfgate.com)