- MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) - The chief of Russia's General Staff said Monday
he could neither confirm nor deny reports that Ukraine had sold 250 nuclear
warheads to Iran.
- "Russia's General Staff has no information
about whether Ukraine has given 250 nuclear warheads to Iran or not,"
General Yury Baluyevsky, also deputy defense minister, said in response
to an article in Novaya Gazeta newspaper Monday. "I do not comment
on unsubstantiated reports."
- The newspaper said that Ukraine had failed
to return 250 warheads to Russia in the 1990s when the former Soviet republic
declared itself a nuclear-free zone. The paper suggested the warheads could
have been sold to a third country, including Iran.