Iran claims it will travel to Russia to complete the arms deal initiated in 2010 but halted due to sanctions on the Islamic Republic
Iran and Russia will complete its arms sale for S-300 defense missile system by next week. The deal was initiated in 2010 but halted due to sanctions placed on Iran.
According to the Iranian Students’ News Agency, Iran’s Defense Minister, Hussien Dehghan, stated on Tuesday that, “We will go to Russia next week to sign the deal and there is no barrier hindering the agreement.”
Russia lifted a five-year ban on sanctions and arms sales with Iran in April of this year prior to the signing of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
The S-300 advanced missile defense system places a major threat to the State of Israel and is part of Iran’s ongoing successes in its efforts to strengthen its military capabilities.
While the final nuclear deal is still under review by the US Congress, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnel was quoted stating on Monday that the nuclear deal has a “great likelihood of success in passing in Congress.” He stated that President Obama could “could win by getting one-third plus one of either house, so he’s still got a great likelihood of success” adding that he hopes “we can defeat it, but the procedure is obviously stacked in the president’s favor.”