Russia forbids S-300 missile supply to Iran: Kremlin decree

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday

signed a decree banning supplies of Russian S-300 missiles to Iran in a long-awaited move following weeks of deliberations by Russian officials.

"Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree "On Measures to implement the United Nations Security Council resolution 1929 from June 9, 2010," the Kremlin said in a statement.

The decree published on the Kremlin website forbids supplies of S-300 air defence missiles to the Islamic republic, among other weapons, said the accompanying statement.

Under the decree, supplies of any tanks, fighter jets, helicopters, ships and missile systems are also forbidden.

An aide to Medvedev had told AFP in June that the S-300 missile deal would likely be scrapped, but that a formal decision would come in a decree.

The Kremlin made the decree public after the chief of the general staff Nikolai Makarov told Russian reporters Moscow had dropped plans to supply Tehran with the S-300s because they were subject to international sanctions.

Observers praised what they said was much-needed clarification on the issue after months of deliberations and often contradictory statements by unidentified officials.

© 2010 AFP

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