Russia Unaware of Ukraine’s Nuclear Supplies to Iran
MosNews.com – April 3, 2006
Russia’s General Staff has no information on Ukraine’s nuclear supplies to Iran, the head of the General Staff said Monday.
Army General Yuri Baluyevsky was quoted by RIA-Novosti news agency as saying he had no information on 250 nuclear warheads Ukraine had allegedly passed to Iran.
“I do not comment on such reports, which have no foundation,” Baluyevsky said.
Novaya Gazeta newspaper wrote Monday that Ukraine had failed to return 250 warheads to Russia in the 1990s when the former Soviet republic declared itself a nuclear-free zone. The paper suggested the warheads could have been sold to a third country, including Iran.
Former top official of Russia’s Defense Ministry Yevgeny Maslin quoted by Interfax news agency refuted the information regarding “lost” warheads. He called such reports “nonsense caused by the journalists’ hunt for a cheap sensation.” “All the nuclear ammunition that was in the Ukraine before the collapse of the USSR was removed to Russia.” The ministry directorate led by Maslin was in charge of nuclear ammunition safety during the period when it was passed from Ukraine to Russia. He said he had personally controlled the ammunition removal.
Last updated 05/04/2006