File photo shows a Russian-made S-300 air defense system.
A senior Iranian lawmaker has dismissed as “propaganda” the report that Moscow is pressuring Tehran to withdraw its lawsuit over Russia’s refusal to deliver the S-300 air defense systems.
“The S-300 case is following a recognized and legal procedure and, naturally, it is not connected to other issues,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi told the Majlis official news agency, ICANA, on Sunday.
The chairman of the Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said Tehran and Moscow have held numerous rounds of negotiations on the issue and the Russians can discuss any suggestions they might have during these talks.
The comments come in the wake of a report by the Russian daily Kommersant
on Friday stating that Russia will take a tougher stand on the Iranian nuclear energy issue if Tehran does not retract its lawsuit over Moscow's refusal to supply the S-300 systems.
"We have already made it clear to Iran that lawsuits are not helping the development of our relations,” the newspaper quoted a Russian presidential administration source as saying. “But our requests to retract these documents from court went unnoticed."
Moscow is prepared to stop supporting Tehran over its nuclear energy program, the unnamed source reportedly added.
Boroujerdi said the report is a “ruse” to undermine good Tehran-Moscow ties, warning against “playing into the hands of the enemy.”
“Iran believes such a propaganda wave aims to undermine the positive cooperative trend between the two countries (Iran and Russia) [and is] in line with US interests.”
Iran's Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said in July that Tehran’s 2011 complaint against Russia, lodged with the International Court of Justice, is being reviewed by relevant international legal bodies.
Under a contract signed in 2007, Russia was required to provide Iran with at least five S-300 air defense systems.
Moscow, however, has been refusing to deliver the S-300s to Iran under the pretext that the systems are covered by the fourth round of the UN Security Council resolutions against Iran.
In an interview with RIA Novosti news agency on July 7, Igor Korotchenko, director of the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade, called on Moscow to sell the S-300 defense system to Iran, arguing that the move does not run counter to any UN mandates.