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Israel asks Russia to review Syria missile deal

Posted by on April 4, 2011 0 Comment

Moscow Tel Aviv has urged Moscow to review its plans to sell anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria, Israel’s ambassador to Russia was quoted as saying on Sunday, amid fears the arms could fall into the hands of militants.

Russia, world’s second arms exporter, said in February it would press ahead with plans to sell two surface-to-air rocket units armed with P-800, or Yakhont, missiles to Damascus in a deal worth $300m.

Israel fears the missiles, capable of hitting ships 300km off Syria’s coast, could end up in the hands of Hezbollah.

Moscow should reassess the risks of possible arms supplies to Damascus, with the country rocked by popular uprisings and instability across the Middle East, Israel’s Ambassador to Russia Dorit Golender told Interfax news agency.

“We believe, that in this context there is a necessity to review all the risks and the degree of likelihood of negative consequences (that the supplies may incur),” she said.

She said that the issue was raised during talks between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who visited Moscow on March 24. Agencies

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