MOSCOW, June 30 (RIA Novosti)-A Ukrainian firm supplied China and Iran with
six long-range cruise missile in 2000-2001, Russia’s defense minister said
Sergei Ivanov, who is also a deputy prime minister, said Ukraine’s Progress
firm had supplied six Soviet Kh-55 Granat missiles (NATO reporting name
AS-15 Kent) with nuclear capacity to China and another six missiles to Iran,
adding that the authorities had been informed and an investigation started.
“This is the grossest violation of the control regime over missile
technologies,” Ivanov said.
Ivanov said the deal had been conducted via a Cyprus-based company. He said
the name of the company and the value of the deal were known, but declined
to elaborate further.
Ivanov said it was the sole violation of the non-proliferation regime in the
post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States.
“Russia has been working to coordinate efforts in the non-proliferation
sphere with its CIS partners and within the CSTO [the regional Collective
Security Treaty Organization],” the minister said.