Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Photo by Reuters
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A top Russian senator said on Friday that sanctions being discussed by world powers against Iran would not affect current Russian contracts with Tehran, Interfax news agency reported.

The statement from Mikhail Margelov, the head of the Federation Council's Foreign Affairs Committee, comes after some diplomats had said that the sanctions under discussion would prevent Russia from delivering S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran under an existing contract.

Israel and the United States have asked Russia not to fulfil its contract to deliver the S-300 missile systems to Iran, though diplomats say Moscow is keen to keep the order as a bargaining chip with Tehran.