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Russian S-300 anti-missile rocket system move along a central street during a rehearsal for a military parade in Moscow May 4, 2009. Russians traditionally celebrate their victory over Nazi Germany in World War II on May 9. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will begin the first shipment of its S-300 air defence missile systems to Iran in the coming days, Interfax news agency quoted a senior Russian diplomat as saying on Tuesday.

"I don't know if this will happen today, but they (S-300 missiles) will be loaded (for shipment to Iran)," the agency quoted Zamir Kabulov, a department chief at the Foreign Ministry, as saying.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov)

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