Russian air defence will protect Iran

Iran says Moscow could soon start supplying it with the Russian S-300 missile air defence system. The announcement was made by Iran's Defence Minister, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, who was speaking to the Fars news agency.

He said the contract for the system was signed a few years ago.

Vladimir Sotnikov from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations said some S-300 anti-missile systems had already been delivered to Tehran.
“This was probably a part of past agreements between the Russian government and the government of Iran,” Sotnikov said.

The S-300 targets planes, helicopters and incoming missiles. It is not banned by any international conventions.

Moscow has yet to confirm the terms of the deal.