MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov defended on Monday that an arms embargo on Iran is no longer necessary in light of the preliminary nuclear agreement reached in the Swiss city of Lausanne between world powers and Iran.
Earlier on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin made the decision to lift the ban on supplying S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran.
“We are convinced that at this stage, there’s no more need of such an embargo, Russia’s separate voluntary embargo,” Russian News Agency ITAR-TASS quoted Lavrov as saying.
The head Russian diplomat underlined that the S-300 is an air defense missile system “which is of a purely defensive nature. It is not designed for attacks and will not put at risk the security of any regional state, including Israel.”
Lavrov said that the 2010 restriction, when the then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev canceled the S-300 supply contract with Iran in accordance with the United Nations embargo, was a means to stimulate constructive negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program.
However, given that the G5+1 leaders and Iran reached a preliminary agreement in Switzerland that satisfies all parties, Russia wants to ensure its status and business interests.