Russia warns over UN sanctions, defends Iran S-300 deal

The Foreign Ministry has warned that Russia will retaliate if the new U.N. sanctions lead to separate sanctions against Russian companies or individuals.

Russia warns over UN sanctions, defends Iran S-300 deal

Russia said Thursday that the new U.N. sanctions do not halt the delivery of S-300 air-defense missiles to Iran.

Iran signed a contract with Russia in December 2005 to buy at least five S-300 surface-to-air defense missiles . However, Russia has repeatedly delayed the delivery of the sophisticated defense system.

The Security Council approved a fourth round of sanctions against Iran on Wednesday.

UN vote came despite Turkey-Brazil efforts that yielded a nuclear swap deal with Iran.

Turkey and Brazil voted against it while Lebanon abstained. However, there were 12 votes in favor of the resolution.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko told journalists that the U.N. resolution does not apply to air-defense systems, with the exception of mobile missiles.

He spoke after the Interfax news agency, citing an unidentified source, reported that the S-300 contract would be frozen because of the new U.N. sanctions.

The Foreign Ministry also has warned that Russia will retaliate if the new U.N. sanctions lead to separate sanctions against Russian companies or individuals.

"We cannot ignore signals reaching us about the intention of some of our partners ... to start considering additional, tougher restrictive measures against Iran than those provided for under the U.N. Security Council resolution," the ministry said in a statement late Wednesday.

If any new measures lead to sanctions being imposed on Russian companies or individuals, Russia would retaliate, the ministry said. It did not elaborate.

Iran had warned Russia over the the deal.

Russia would lose its credibility if it fails to fulfill a contract to deliver the S-300 defense missiles to Iran, Tehran's ambassador to Moscow said.

Agencies

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