Russian Foreign Minister Denies Transfer of Missile Technology to Iran
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Russian Foreign Minister Denies Transfer of Missile Technology to Iran

Moscow Interfax, 11 March 1997
MOSCOW, Mar 11 (Interfax) -- Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeniy
Primakov has denied that Russia has passed Iran technology to produce
missiles.
"Russia is taking no part in the creation of Iranian missiles," he
told a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday after his talks with Israeli
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
On Russian-Iranian cooperation in the area of nuclear energy, Primakov
said Russia was supplying "light-water reactors identical to those supplied
by the United States to North Korea.
"They [the reactors] have nothing to do with military affairs," he
said.
Primakov also underlined that Russia was doing its best so that a just
peace would be established in the Middle East.
A just peace can be established if talks with the Palestinian National
Authority do not stall, if talks with Syria are intensified and if
"everything is done to end terrorist activity against which Russia stands
with resolve," he said.
Primakov also emphasized the need for a "just stabilization which will
allow all countries in this region to prosper without fearing for their
security."
Netanyahu said he was confident that Russia's  "traditional policy"
calling for reserve in relations in the Middle East could help develop and
complete the peace process in the region successfully.
Israel sees modern Russia as "a friendly country" and a participant in
Israel's affairs, he said.
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