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Russia says arms deliveries to Iran possible if approved by UN

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reads documents during a meeting with foreign ministers and delegations from Germany, France, China, Britain, the U.S. and the European Union at a hotel in Vienna, Austria July 13, 2015. Iran and six world powers were close to clinching an historic pact on Monday that would bring Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme, but an Iranian negotiator said he could not guarantee a deal was imminent. AFP PHOTO / POOL / CARLOS BARRIA

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday, after a deal was reached on curbing Iran's nuclear program, that arms deliveries to Tehran will be possible if approved by the United Nations Security Council.

He also said Russia was counting on the United States carrying out a promise, which he said it had made in 2009, not to deploy missile defense systems in Europe once a nuclear deal was reached with Iran.

Saying arms deliveries would be possible to Iran under certain conditions even before an arms embargo expires, he said in comments broadcast from Vienna by Russian television: "In the next five years deliveries of arms to Iran will be possible, under the conditions of the relevant procedures, notification and verification by the U.N. Security Council."

 

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