Russia Sends Hundreds
Of Missiles To Iran

MOSCOW (MENL) - Russia has dismissed the threat of additional U.S. sanctions on its companies linked 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 nonproliferation accords.
Moscow has informed the United States that it will withdraw from a 1995 understanding that would end arms sales to Iran. The termination 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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