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Russia denies sending anti-tank weapons to Hizbollah - ministry

RIA Novosti

10/08/2006 20:56 MOSCOW, August 10 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has been supplying no modern anti-tank weapons to Lebanon-based radical group Hizbollah, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday, denying Israeli media reports.

Israel's Haaretz daily quoted intelligence sources Sunday as saying that Israel's ground troops casualties mostly resulted from special anti-tank units of Hizbollah using modern Russian-made RPG-29 that had been sold by Moscow to the Syrians and then transferred to the organization.

"Such insinuations are a source of bewilderment in Moscow, to say the least," Mikhail Kamynin said. "If there are any questions raised, they can be addressed through normal diplomatic channels. So far we have had no such inquiries, and no proof has been presented."

Kamynin said Russia honored its international obligations.

"We have repeatedly said that Russia keeps to its international obligations in military and technical cooperation, including with the Middle East countries," he said.

The spokesman added that Russia's control over weapons exports was very reliable.

"Our control system over weapons exports is one of the most reliable and makes any inaccuracy in weapons destination impossible," Kamynin said. "We also take into consideration the military and political tension in the Middle East that requires a weighed and verified approach to such issues."

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