Russia says it will not deliver high-end air defence missiles to Iran in the near future, despite last month lifting an embargo on delivering such weapons.

“The right time to make such deliveries has not yet come,” Yevgeny Lukyanov, deputy head of Russia’s security council, said on Tuesday.

Other Russian officials added that the long delay in executing the sale of the S-300 missile system to Tehran, for which a contract was signed in 2007, had created a situation so complex that it was impossible to predict when the deal could go ahead. […]