Minister: Russia Ready to Provide Iran with Conventional Weapons

Published November 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A top Russian minister announced Monday that Moscow was ready to hold talks with Iran on the sale of conventional weapons, Interfax reported. 

"We are ready to provide Iran with everything that is not prohibited by international accords that we have signed," the deputy Prime Minister in charge of arms sales, Ilya Klebanov, told the news agency. 

Klebanov did not specify when he expected the negotiations to begin, nor the type of military equipment the contracts would include. 

However, Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev stressed last week that despite plans to resume arms negotiations, Russia would not help Iran to manufacture weapons of mass destruction. 

Washington has warned Moscow that it could face economic sanctions if it withdrew from a secret five-year-old accord banning arms sales to Iran -- MOSCOW (AFP)  





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