What Ahmadinejad WON'T be getting for Christmas:
The S-300 Family of anti-aircraft missiles include the SA-10 GRUMBLE, SA-12 GIANT/GLADIATOR, and SA-20 GARGOYLE.
Russia has decided not to provide Iran with key military arms, complying with U.N. Security Council sanctions, the Kremlin said Wednesday.
President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree banning the delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Iran, RIA Novosti reported. Moscow had signed a deal to provide Iran with $800 million worth of S-300 equipment.
The S-300 system, which can track targets and fire at aircraft 120 km (75 miles) away, features high jamming immunity and is able to simultaneously engage up to 100 targets.
S-300PMU-2 64N6E2 BIG BIRD acquisition radar
According to western experts, the system would shield Iranian nuclear sites against military threats, amid ongoing Israeli warnings to launch military attacks against Iran.
Iran criticized Russia for canceling the arms deal and warned Moscow "not to enter US games" against the Islamic state.
The Kremlin announced last week that President Dmitry Medvedev canceled the sale of S-300 air-defence missiles to Iran because of United Nations Security Council sanctions against the country.
The presidential decree forbade the transfer of tanks, artillery, war ships, helicopters and missile defence systems to Iran.
Tehran had ordered the missile defence system two years ago.
- multiple sources