Yeltsin Says Russia Will Not Sell Missiles to Iran
Moscow Interfax, 12 March 1997
MOSCOW, Mar 12 (Interfax) -- Russian President Boris Yeltsin has
assured the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Moscow has not
delivered missile systems to Iran and has no intentions of doing so,
Netanyahu told a final news conference in Moscow Wednesday at the end of
his official visit to Russia. His Tuesday meeting with Yeltsin was planned
as part of the visit.
Nevertheless, he said the sides agreed to keep in touch on the
question and continue consultations.
Continuing the Iranian subject Netanyahu claimed Tehran would use
nuclear arms without hesitation, if only it got them and the means of their
He said Israel will be the first but not the last target of attack.
This is a threat to Europe, Moscow, Jiddah and Cairo, he said.
The Israeli prime minister said the present regime in Iran is the most
dangerous in the world and it is the duty of the civilized world to prevent
the appearance of nuclear arms and ballistic missiles as the means of their
delivery in Iran.
Speaking of Russian-Israeli relations Netanyahu said they have good
prospects and his visit shall speed up primarily the development of
"If the Russian infrastructure is married to Israeli know-how, as a
result we will get competitive goods that will be in demand even in third
countries," he said.
Netanyahu said he discussed in a most general sense the possibility of
Israeli imports of Russian natural gas, "if the price is suitable."
"As for cooperation in the military sphere, we did not discuss it in
such terms as maneuvers etc., but considered cooperation projects
cooperation in the production of say security means," the prime minister
He praised Russia's role as a co-sponsor of the settlement in the
Middle East recalling how tension in Israeli-Syrian relations was eased
thanks to Moscow's stance.
"Russia can encourage a dialogue and in this respect the declaration
of President Yeltsin that terrorism must by no means be supported no matter
how it may be clad assumes special significance," Netanyahu said.
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