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Russia puts block on missiles to Iran

Published 23/09/2010

Russia's president Dmitry Medvedev has issued a decree prohibiting the delivery of S-300 air defence missile systems and other weapons to Iran, the Kremlin said yesterday.

The decree will please the Western nations concerned about Iran's military capability.

Israel and the US in particular have long lobbied Moscow to scrap plans to sell Tehran the high-precision missile systems.

The move specifically prohibits the delivery of the S-300 — of concern because of fears Iran could use them to protect facilities crucial to its nuclear programme, which Western nations suspect is aimed at developing a bomb.

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