Israeli Ambassador in Moscow Expresses Concern Over Alleged Russian Arms Transfers to Iran
Excerpt from Moscow Interfax, 7 March 1997
MOSCOW, Mar 7 (Interfax)--Israel is showing great interest in
partnership with Russia, Israeli Ambassador in Moscow Aliza Shenhar told
Interfax on Friday.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will make an official visit
to Russia on March 10-12.
"There is a great potential for close relations between Israel and
Russia, including in the area of military-technological cooperation,"
"We are interested in such cooperation, and it seems to me that in
this area the Russian side is moving forward slower than we," she
In particular, Israel could help provide Russian military aircraft
with radars and electronic equipment, and "we could, for instance, sell the
finished product to third countries," Shenhar said.
Russia and Israel are currently conducting talks, she said, expressing
the hope that they would bring positive results...
Shenhar said she did not discount Netanyahu's raising the issue of
"Iran is continuing to buy arms, including from Russia, and we have no
doubt that these actions of Tehran are aimed against Israel," she said,
citing the numerous statements of Iranian leaders that the state of Israel
had no right to exist. Shenhar found it difficult to say whether Netanyahu
would raise the issue of the alleged transfer of Russian rocket technology
to Iran during his visit to Moscow.
"If this issue emerges, I think it will be interesting to receive
(from Russia) an exhaustive answer regarding these missiles," the
With regard to long-range missiles, Iran can have only one target:
Israel, she said.
"If, God forbid, such missiles are equipped with nuclear warheads,
this may become not only an end to one country but a threat to the entire
region," Shenhar said.
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