- MOSCOW (MENL)
- Russia has
dismissed the threat of additional U.S. sanctions on its
to Iranian missile and nonconventional programs amid
plans to export hundreds
of missiles to Teheran.
- The Israeli Yediot Aharonot
daily reported on Friday
that Russia plans to send 325 shoulder-fired
SA-16 anti-aircraft missiles
to Iran. The SA-16 is regarded as the most
effective missile deployed in
the former East Bloc and Israeli sources
fear that they will be transported
to the Hizbullah in Lebanon.
- The shipment is part
of a deal to export 700 SA-16 missiles
to Iran as part of a $1.75
billion contract. Yediot quoted U.S. sources
as saying hundreds of
missiles have been placed on a Russian train and
ship for Iran.
- Russian officials
said Moscow would not allow the United
States or any other country to
dictate its policy. At the same time, they
said that Russia would honor
- Moscow has informed the United States that it will
from a 1995 understanding that would end arms sales to Iran.
of the agreement takes effect on Dec. 1.
- "Russia bases
its acts on close adherence to its
international commitments, also in
the case of Iran," Russian Defense
Minister Igor Sergeyev said.
"We fulfil all international requirements
on non-proliferation of
weapons of mass destruction."
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