[Ed. – Fortunately, Israeli intelligence won’t be fooled by Iran’s erratic flea-jump messaging on this topic. Seriously: like Iran’s going to tell the truth, at this point, about when or if the S-300 is to be delivered? The same goes for Russia. Any public communication from Moscow on this topic will have the sole motive of shaping someone’s behavior or expectations. Maybe Iran’s — maybe Israel’s — maybe Saudi Arabia’s. Maybe ours.]
A senior Iranian official said his country and Russia have not been successful in finalizing a widely contested sale of advanced S-300 missile systems due to a disagreement over the sale price, Israel’s NRG reported on Thursday citing the Turkish Anadolu news agency.
According to the report, the Iranian official, in Moscow for an international aviation and aerospace exhibit, said, “Though there are no legal obstacles [to the sale], the two sides failed to agree on a price, so the deal was not completed.”
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, a Russian news agency reported that the deal hit a snag over a different issue.
According to a report in Russia’s state-run TASS news agency, the two countries are unable to agree on how to proceed regarding a lawsuit filed by Iran over Russia’s failure to deliver on an earlier 2007 contract to deliver the systems.
Last week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov announced that the deal had been concluded, telling news outlets that the details of the deal, other than a number of “technical issues,” had been agreed upon.