Iran says deal to purchase Su-35 jets from Russia finalized

A handout picture provided by the Iranian Army office shows fighter jets during the unveiling of Iran's first underground military air base in an undisclosed location on Feb 7, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

TEHRAN — The Iranian mission to the United Nations said Iran has made final arrangements for purchasing Su-35 fighter jets from Russia, the Press TV reported Friday.

"Following the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988, Iran asked a number of countries to consider the possibility of selling it fighter jets, and Russia said it was ready for the deal," the Iranian mission was quoted as telling Russia's Sputnik news agency.

The restrictions on Iran's purchase of conventional weapons were removed in October 2020 according to UN Resolution 2231, before Iran finally agreed to buy the fighter aircraft, the mission noted.

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It did not disclose the number of fighter jets that Iran will buy from Russia and the timing of their delivery, but media reports said earlier that Iran will receive 24 Su-35 fighter jets.

Iran and Russia, both under sanctions from the United States, have been expanding their political and economic relations to counter the US moves.