The Iranian Defense Ministry said Teheran received $167 million relayed
to Moscow for five S-300 systems. The ministry, however, has sought
compensation for Russia's cancellation of the S-300 contract, valued at $800
"We have received our prepayment from Russia, but we have sent our
complaint to the International Court of Arbitration for compensation,"
Iranian Defense Minister Ahmed Vahidi said.
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In remarks on Sept. 28, Vahidi did not say how much Iran was seeking
from Russia, Middle East Newsline reported. He said Iran relayed a formal complaint to the arbitration
court in early September.
In September 2010, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a halt to
the S-300 contract, signed in 2007. Medvedev, citing United Nations
sanctions, also blocked the sale of fighter-jets, helicopters, warships and
armored vehicles to Teheran.
In its complaint, Iran argued that UN sanctions did not ban defensive
weapons. Officials said the arbitration proceedings would last into 2012.