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November 14, 2016 2:33 pm

Iran, Russia in Talks Over $10 Billion Military Deal

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A Russian T-90 tank. Photo: Vitaly V. Kuzmin via Wikimedia Commons.

A Russian T-90 tank. Photo: Vitaly V. Kuzmin via Wikimedia Commons. – Iran and Russia are in talks over a possible $10 billion military deal that would include advanced weapons and hardware being delivered to the Islamic Republic.

“These negotiations are being carried out; the road has been paved,” Viktor Ozerov, head of the defense and security committee of Russia’s upper house of parliament, told reporters Monday, RT reported.

According to Ozerov, the $10 billion military package to Iran would include Russian T-90 tanks, artillery systems, and various aircraft.

Despite the reported discussions, Russia and Iran may not be able to complete any military deal until 2020, when a United Nations moratorium on Iran obtaining weapons expires. Currently, deliveries can only be made to Iran with the consent of the United Nations Security Council.

“In the same [UN] resolution it’s been outlined that the supply of armored vehicles, artillery systems, planes, and combat helicopters can occur before 2020 with permission of the UN Security Council,” Ozerov said, explaining that the United States and other Security Council members may veto the deal with Iran. If so, Ozerov said Russia and Iran will simply return to the issue in October 2020 “when the legal [limitations] will be removed.”

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