The Russian Tor-M1 air defense missile systems
have been delivered to Iran in accordance with norms of the international law,
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said on Friday.
"Military technical cooperation of Russia and Iran is accomplished on the
basis of international legislation and on the basis of bilateral contacts,"
Kamynin was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.
"The deliveries have been made in accordance with a bilateral contract and
with consideration for the fact that Iran is not under sanctions that
unequivocally ban exports of such weapons to the country," he
Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said
on Jan. 16 that exports of the Tor-M1 systems did not violate UN resolutions
related with sanctions against Iran.
"We proceed from international rules and develop military technical
cooperation with this country. If Iran will need defensive weapons, we are ready
for such cooperation," Ivanov said.
Russia and Iran signed a 700 million U.S. dollars contract for the delivery
of 29 Tor-M1 air defense missile systems in 2005.
The spokesman of U.S. Department of State Sean McCormack said earlier that
Washington had notified the Russian authorities of its dissatisfaction over the
deliveries of air defense systems to Iran.
According to Russian media, Tor-M1 is touted as the only system in the world
capable of detecting and tracking up to 48 targets simultaneously and engaging
two of them simultaneously at a height of 20 to 6,000 meters.
Tor-M1 systems are intended to protect vital administrative, economic and
military facilities and the first echelons of ground units from anti-radar and
cruise missiles, remote-controlled aircraft, glide bombs, airplanes and
helicopters, including those using the stealth