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Iran expects delivery of Russian missiles by end of the year

Iran expects delivery of Russian missiles by end of the year

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Tuesday that it would be at least six months before it could deliver the S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, but the Kremlin confirmed that a barter deal to supply Russian goods in exchange for Iranian oil was already being implemented.

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed his move in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling him that Israel shouldn’t be worried about the “purely defensive” weapon.

The United States criticized Putin’s decision on Monday to lift a five-year ban on delivery of the missile system, which would give the Islamic republic’s military a strong deterrent against any air attack.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest also said a Russian-Iranian barter deal would raise serious concerns and could interfere with sanctions that the United States and other Western nations imposed on Iran over its nuclear program.

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