The defense Minister of Iran Hossein Dehgan may raise during his upcoming visit to Moscow, the theme of contracts for the supply of Russian fighters su-30 and T-90 tanks, said the representative of the Iranian Embassy Interfax, responding to a question.
“Of course, Mr. Dehgan will meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu. They will discuss different topics, and this too can be raised. It is possible,” he said.
Earlier, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanai said that the Iranian defense Minister will visit Moscow to participate in security conference to be held April 26-27. The Embassy of Iran to the Agency “RIA Novosti” said that during his visit Dehgan is scheduled to meet with the heads of the five defense agencies of other countries, who will participate in the conference, in particular with the Russian Minister Sergei Shoigu.
10 February Dehgan said that Iran plans to buy Russian fighter su-30CM, noting that under the agreement Iran will participate in the production of fighter planes. Five days later, he visited Moscow with two-day visit. The program of the visit were talks with Shoigu and Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin, as well as, as reported close to the Kremlin source “Kommersant”, with President Vladimir Putin.
The edition with reference to sources in the sphere of military-technical cooperation then wrote that the visit by the Iranian Minister associated with Tehran’s intention to purchase Russian military equipment and weapons worth at least $8 billion In particular fighter su-30CM. A senior representative of the Russian Federal service for military-technical cooperation (FSMTC) said “RIA Novosti” that the contract for the purchase of su-30CM will be signed for 2016.
Later — April 21 — Sergei Shoigu made a return visit to Iran.
The implementation of the plans of Iran on the purchase of fighter planes can prevent the lack of money from the country, as well as the resolution of the UN security Council, imposing restrictions on the supply of arms to Iran, noted “Kommersant”. February 19, stating that the sale of the su-30CM will break the embargo SAT on the supply of weapons to Tehran, said in the United States. State Department spokesman mark Toner stressed that this question — “if media reports are correct” will be resolved “bilaterally with Russia and other members of the UN security Council”.
In early April, the U.S. Undersecretary of state for political Affairs Thomas Shannon told members of the US Senate Committee on foreign relations, Washington, “likely to veto the resolution on delivery of the Iranian su-30”. Shannon also noted that such a deal needs to be approved by the UN security Council.