Russian Arms Exporter Denies Missile Technology Transfer to Iran
Moscow Interfax, 13 February 1997
[FBIS Transcribed Text] MOSCOW, Feb 13 (Interfax) --
The state company Rosvooruzheniye "has no information about
the transfer of know-how on the production of SS-4 medium-
range missiles to Iran," a spokesman for Rosvooruzheniye,
Russia's largest arms exporter, told Interfax Thursday.
Foreign mass media reported with reference to the
newspaper Los Angeles Times, that the United States has sent
Russia a "diplomatic warning" in connection with the
contemplated deal, disclosed by the Israeli and American
US officials say the missile know-how might have been
passed to Tehran by a Russian defense enterprise
experiencing serious financial problems, the newspaper
Tatyana Samolis, the Press Secretary of the Director of
the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Thursday told
Interfax that according to her agency's sources, "no
contracts on selling such know-how to Iran have been signed
at a state level."
"The Foreign Intelligence Service's position is that
causes of tensions should not be created anywhere," Samolis
Meanwhile, Konstantin Makiyenko, expert of the Center
for Russian Political Studies, in an interview with
Interfax, stated that Russian state organizations could not
give their go-ahead to a contract on passing missile know-
how to Tehran.
"If such a deal had been made, the Russian Government
would have reversed it by all means," he said.
If the western media reports are true, Makiyenko said,
an illegal "black export" deal is meant here. "Some Russian
defense-complex experts, living on paltry salaries, might
have made such a deal without the state agencies'
permission," he said.
He said the deal might have involved Belarus and,
particularly, Ukraine which has "solid industrial and
technological facilities for the production of missiles."
Some Russian experts, interviewed by Interfax, said that
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan may be among the CIS countries
from which missile know-how might have leaked to Iran.
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