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Russia Ignores U.S. Sanctions Warnings

Friday, 24 November 2000 12:00 AM

Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, who is on an official trip to Poland, told reporters in Warsaw that Moscow had no intention of limiting its trading options with Tehran based on displeasure in Washington.

"Russia bases its actions on strict compliance to international commitments," Ivanov said. "We will continue to do so. If someone prepares their own lists [of rogue states], that is the question of the competence of that state."

Ivanov was referring to a list of so-called rogue states that are alleged to support terrorism. The U.S. list includes Iran, Iraq, Libya,

Cuba, Sudan and Syria, as well as North Korea.

In Moscow, Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev ruled out the supply by Russia of weapons of mass destruction to Iran, stressing that "we fulfil all international requirements on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction."

While senior officials avoided discussing on the record the 1995 deal reached by Vice President Al Gore and then-premier Viktor Chernomyrdin, diplomatic sources have confirmed that Russia intends to pull out of the agreement.

Details of the secretive deal came to light at the end of the presidential campaign in the United States, causing embarrassment to the Clinton administration and to Moscow, and Russia feels it can now unilaterally withdraw from the agreement.

Russia is prepared to supply Iran with a range of advanced weaponry, possibly selling a lucrative license to manufacture Mig-29 fighter jets and tank modifications in Iran.

The U.S. is particularly concerned that Russia, which is helping Iran build a nuclear power plant in Bushehr, may supply Tehran with sensitive technology that could help the Iranians build nuclear weapons.

Russia insists the Bushehr project is for peaceful use and is not linked to Iran's military programs.

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