News Brief – October 8, 2008
Moscow failed to give Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert firm assurance that it would not sell advanced weapons to Israel’s enemies.
Wrapping up a two-day visit to Moscow on Tuesday, Mr. Olmert conceded only that Russian President Medvedev said he understood Israeli fears of Russian-made advanced technology falling into the wrong hands.
“My feeling is the Russian government understands well the Israeli position and is aware the possible influence such supplying could have on stability in the region,” Mr. Olmert told reporters.
However, he gave no direct response when asked if Russia had agreed definitely not to sell the S-300 air defense system to Iran.
Prime Minister Olmert only said: “We discussed issues of weapons sales and the possibility of weapons sales.”
The two sides did agree to open a permanent line of dialogue on defen
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