Last week, we told you an Iranian news agency claimed that Tehran had obtained four S-300 surface-to-air missiles from Belarus and at least one other supplier. Now, the Belarusian government is telling the world it did no such thing. Further, the Belarusian state run military-industrial consortium says it has never even talked to Iran about a potential sale.
The rumored sale was supposedly for two “surplus” trailer-mounted S-300 systems that had been deployed near Minsk and Belarus, with a price tag, which included spares, maintenance and training, of $140 million.
Still hanging out there is the open contract between Russia and Iran, inked in 2005, for the sale of at least five S-300 systems, which have yet to be delivered.
-- Greg Grant