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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 4, No. 237, Part I, 8 December 2000

MANILOV SAYS U.S. THREATS OVER IRAN ARMS SALES
'UNACCEPTABLE.' First deputy head of the General Staff
Colonel General Valerii Manilov told Interfax on 7 December
that U.S. threats to impose sanctions on Moscow if it goes
ahead with conventional weapons sales to Iran are
"unacceptable." Such sales are Russia's "internal affair," he
said, adding that Russian-Iranian military cooperation "poses
no threat to third countries and is objectively aimed at
strengthening stability and peace" in the Middle East. Also
on 7 December, Russian and U.S. experts wrapped up two days
of talks that focused on Russia's plans to pull out of a 1995
agreement with the U.S. whereby Moscow had refrained from
selling conventional weapons to Teheran. Few details of those
talks have been made public. Reuters, however, quoted an
unidentified U.S. Embassy spokesman as saying that the two
sides had "full and frank discussions." JC

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