posted on Aug, 10 2006 @ 11:59 PM
The U.S. State Department has inposed sanctions on two Russian companies for selling missile technology to Iran. The Russian government responded in
anger that this was an "illegitimate attempt to make foreign companies work by internal American rules".
The two companies will be barred from engaging in business with the U.S. government and will be denied new export licenses for two years. Earlier
this year, the Pentagon raised the problem of the Kremlin’s arms sales to countries that “compromise the political and economic independence and
territorial integrity of other states.” Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had also said he was concerned that Russia was supplying arms to Iran
The sanctions angered the Russian government, which responded that the move was an “illegitimate attempt to make foreign companies work by
internal American rules” and that the U.S. was punishing its own companies by making it impossible for them to co-operate with leading Russian
corporations. “These sanctions, which the U.S. unilaterally imposes on other countries and their organizations, are an obvious political and legal
anachronism,” the Russian Defense Ministry said. The Financial Times notes that the head of Rosoboronexport, Sergei Chemezov, served as a KGB
officer with Russian president Vladimir Putin in East Germany in the 1980s and has boasted that their relationship helped his company “get a lot of
issues resolved fast.”
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It is obvious that the Russian government knew and advocated the sale of missile technology to Iran, even after everything that has happened, and
after the Russian government claimed they would stop selling missile technology to Iran because of Iran's nuclear ambitions.
[edit on 11-8-2006 by Muaddib]
[edit on 16-8-2006 by DontTreadOnMe]