Russian & Iran Planning $10B Arms Deal

According to Russian Television, a supply of $10 billion worth of weapons and hardware have been in negotiations between Russia and Iran following the successful delivery of Russia’s S-300 air defense missile systems to Tehran in October.

“These negotiations are being carried out, the road has been paved. The order book, discussed today, [reflects] the needs of Tehran and amounts to some $10 billion,” said Viktor Ozreov, the head of the defense and security committee of the Russian upper house of parliament. He made the announcement to reporters on Monday during a parliamentary visit to Iran, and revealed the arms in question include T-90 tanks, artillery systems, and various aircrafts. These will be delivered throughout the years until 2020.

However, the only possible way to get the delivery of these weapons in operation is to receive approval from the UN Security Council. “In the same [UNSC] resolution it’s been outlined that the supply of armored vehicles, artillery systems, planes and combat helicopters can occur before 2020 with permission of the UN Security Council,” Oreov said, adding that even though Moscow expects the United States and other Council members to object to these deliveries, Russia and Iran will continue their discussions on the matter.

Ozreov adds that if nothing else works, the two allied countries will simply return to the issue in October 2020 “when the legal [limitations] will be removed.” Iranian Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security Alaeddin Boroujerdi also emphasized on the mutual cooperation between Russian and Iranian militaries, and how they will continue in the future.

“The cooperation between Russia and Iran carries on, our armed forces continue to buy MI-17 helicopters from the Russian Federation, we also got the S-300 from Russia,” Boroujerdi said, as cited by Sputnik news agency.

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