“The decision has been made to meet the national interests and we hope it is well-received by the worldwide tourists”, he said.
Russia’s air operation in Syria has tilted the balance of forced in the region, visiting Iranian Defense Minister Hosein Dehqan said on Tuesday.
Russian Federation is shipping S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said here on Monday.
Dehghan’s visit will come days after Ali Akbar Velayati, Leader’s senior adviser on worldwide affairs, announced that Iran plans to boost defense cooperation with Russian Federation and buy more weaponry from Moscow.
Moscow and Teheran signed an 800-million-U.S. dollar contract in 2007 to supply Iran with five S-300 systems.
Iran, in response, submitted a $4 billion claim against Russian Federation to an global arbitration court in Geneva.
“Our priority in this cooperation is, certainly, the things that give us the superiority capability, as well as ensure deterrence against the threats in the region and beyond”, the Iranian minister stressed.
Iran is also interested in Russia’s Bastion mobile coastal defense missile system, equipped with supersonic Yakhont anti-ship missiles, along with Mi-8/17 helicopters and other arms.
A number of news outlets earlier cited Dehghan as saying that Tehran could purchase the S-400s from Moscow if necessary and that the issue was apparently being discussed.