MOSCOW, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport on Thursday denied reports that Moscow has agreed to deliver S-300 air defense systems to Azerbaijan, one of the former Soviet republics.
"A contract of Russia and Azerbaijan to supply anti-aircraft missile systems S-300 does not exist," company spokesman Vyacheslav Davidenko said as quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency.
Earlier Thursday, the Russian business daily Vedomosti reported that Rosoboronexport had signed an agreement with the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry for the supply of two S-300 PMU-2 (Favorit) battalions last year.
The deal was said to be the most expensive single purchase of heavy weaponry by a former Soviet state.
The S-300 air defense system is an advanced mobile system that can shoot down aircraft and cruise missiles from up to 150 km away.