ISRAEL: HEZBOLLAH USED RUSSIAN MISSILES
Fri Aug 18, 12:04 PM ET
JERUSALEM - Israeli officials said Friday that a senior delegation went
to Moscow this week to complain that Russian-made anti-tank missiles were used by Hezbollah
guerrillas in their 34-day conflict with Israeli forces in Lebanon.
Asaf Shariv, a senior adviser
to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said that the delegation had gone to Russia,
but did not elaborate.
The anti-tank missiles proved
to be one of Hezbollah's most effective weapons in combat in south Lebanon,
killing many of the 118 Israeli soldiers who died in the clashes.
Israeli officials say that
Iran and Syria passed the arms to Hezbollah after buying them from Russia.
Russian Foreign Ministry
spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said Russia
maintains strict controls over its weapons sales that "makes any inaccuracy in weapons destinations impossible."
Anatoly Tsyganok, head of
Russia's Military Forecasting Center, ruled out the possibility that modern
anti-tank weapons had reached Hezbollah through Russia or Syria.
"Any accusations alleging
Russian or Syrian deliveries of anti-tank weapons to any forces in Lebanon
are unfounded. The Israeli side has not presented any evidence of this, and it is unlikely that it will," Tsyganok was quoted
by the Interfax news agency as saying.
"Most probably, such weapons,
should Hezbollah militants really have any, might have been brought to Lebanon
through third countries," he added.