Russia completes delivery of missiles to Iran

Date: 01-16-07

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia has completed delivery of TOR-M1 surface-to-air missile defence systems to Iran, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov has said.

"We have delivered the TOR-M1 complexes to Iran," Ivanov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying Tuesday. Russia began delivering the missile systems in November last year.

Iran signed a contract with Russia in 2005 for the purchase of 29 TOR-M1 missile systems estimated to be worth 700 million dollars (540 million euros). The missiles can strike planes, helicopters and cruise missiles.

The United States has urged Russia to cancel the missile sale, which took place in the context of a tense international atmosphere surrounding Iran's controversial nuclear programme.

Washington has imposed sanctions on a number of foreign entities, including Russian weapons exporters, for selling arms to Libya and Iran.


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