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G-7 Nations Say Russia Too Early on Iran Air-Defense Sale

Germany and Italy said Russia’s planned sale of air-defense systems to Iran before world powers complete an agreement on the country’s nuclear program is premature.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, hosting a Group of Seven meeting on Tuesday, said Russia’s decision runs counter to the spirit of negotiators who reached a framework nuclear agreement with Iran this month. Such deals should wait until a full agreement, which is envisaged by June 30, he said.