Russia’s ambassador to Iran has said Moscow will consider selling its advanced S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to Tehran, despite U.S. objections and threats.
Ambassador Levan Jagarian told the Resalat daily newspaper Sunday that Russia would have “no problem” selling S-400 systems to Iran when the United Nation arms embargo on the country expires on October 18, Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported.
“We are not afraid of U.S. threats and we will live up to our commitments,” Jagarian said, explaining that Russia will properly consider Iranian arms requests despite continued pressure from the U.S. for nations to further isolate Tehran.
President Donald Trump’s administration has failed in a push to extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, put in place as part of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal—which Trump withdrew from in 2018.
The Trump administration claimed the arms embargo lapse would further destabilize the region, and said Iran would immediately begin purchasing weapons for the regional proxies Tehran uses to further its foreign policy.
The U.S. suggested Iranian-supplied weapons would flood into Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and other areas where Tehran arms affiliated militant groups.
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