JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday accused Russia of endangering Israel's existence by helping Iran develop ballistic missiles.
'We view any assistance given by Russia to Iran to develop ballistic missiles as something that is inherently endangering the very future of Israel, and we believe it also endangers the future and the interests of Russia,' Netanyahu said.
Speaking to visiting American Jewish leaders, Netanyahu said he would raise Israel's objections 'in no uncertain terms' when he meets Russian leaders in Moscow March 12.
Israel has warned that Iran is trying to obtain nuclear weapons and missiles capable of delivering them. There is also concern here that Russia, which re-established ties with Israel six years ago, is resuming an anti-Israel posture in the Middle East.
Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported that Moscow had supplied Iran with nuclear and missile technology that could speed up the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Russian intelligence and arms export officials denied the alleged deal.
The newspaper cited unidentified U.S. officials as saying that intelligence reports indicate Russia recently transferred technology to Iran for the Russian SS-4 missile, whose range of 2,000 kilometers makes it a potential threat to Israel.
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