Netanyahu Warns Russia Not to Transfer Missile Technology to Iran
Moscow Interfax, 11 March 1997
MOSCOW, Mar 11 (Interfax) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
said the intended sale of Russian missile weapons to Iran would threaten
"all peace-loving countries, including Russia itself" replying to a
question from Interfax at a press luncheon with Russian journalists at
President Hotel in Moscow Tuesday morning.
He refrained from commenting on the question whether Israel has any
evidence of such a deal being in fact planned.
"First of all I would want to discuss the problem in a friendly
atmosphere with President Boris Yeltsin, Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin
and Foreign Minister Yevgeniy Primakov," he said.
Earlier the Russian Foreign Ministry denied claims that Moscow intends
to sell missiles to Iran.
Netanyahu said he is raising the question of arms sales to Iran
because the weapons will be "targeted primarily at Israel but not it
"Missile deliveries to Iran would destabilize the situation in the
region. The Iranian regime is irrational the same as its objectives are
irrational," he said.
On Russia's co-sponsorship of the Midwestern [as received] peace
process Netanyahu said that it is quite significant. "Having an excellent
relationship with Israel and Arab countries Russia acts as a balancer in
the region," he said.
As an example he mentioned the shuttle diplomacy of Primakov who
brought a message from Syrians about the absence of any aggressive
intentions to Israel during his tour of the Middle East last fall which
according to Netanyahu eased the situation.
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