BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Russian Deputy Prime Minister confirmed in an interview with Sputnik News on Friday that Iran had not requested to purchase the S-400 system, despite the U.S.-based Bloomberg publication’s claims.
“No,” Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Sputnik on Friday when asked whether Moscow had received any request from Tehran for S-400 System.
In a report published in late May, Bloomberg claimed Russia had rejected Iran’s request to buy S-400 missile defense systems. The report claimed Russia was “concerned that the sale would stoke more tension” in the Middle East.
Bloomberg, citing what it called people with knowledge of the matter including a senior Russian official, claimed that Iran’s alleged request had been rebuffed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Let them [media outlets] continue spreading fake news,” Sputnik quoted Borisov as saying.
As regards Iran-Russia cooperation, “everything goes as it goes,” he added.
Russia previously delivered the S-300 system to Iran in 2016; it has since been introduced into the Iranian Armed Forces.