07MOSCOW3737, RUSSIAN MFA DISMISSES REPORTS OF MILITARY AIRCRAFT

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MOSCOW3737 2007-07-31 16:24 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO7101
OO RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #3737 2121624
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 311624Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2511
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RHMFISS/CDR USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 003737 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/31/2017 
TAGS: ETTC PREL MCAP IR RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIAN MFA DISMISSES REPORTS OF MILITARY AIRCRAFT 
SALES TO IRAN 
 
 
Classified By: Charge d'Affaires Daniel A. Russell. Reasons 1.4 (B/D). 
 
(C) On July 31, Embassy raised media reports that Russia 
plans to sell long-range Sukhoy fighter aircraft to Iran with 
Andrey Odnoral, Arms Technology and Transfer Specialist in 
the Foreign Ministry's Department for Disarmament and 
Security Affairs.  Odnoral told us that the purported 
transfer to Iran of 250 Su-30 fighter aircraft, along with 20 
Il-78 air refueling tankers, was a "fairy tale."  He stated 
that Moscow valued its international reputation and would not 
transfer weapons to Iran that were clearly in violation of 
existing UN Security Council resolutions.  Odnoral said no 
negotiations were ongoing between Rosoboroneksport and 
Iranian officials to transfer aircraft or any other weapons 
systems to Tehran.  He added that Russia did not currently 
have the capability to produce that quantity of fighter 
aircraft. 
RUSSELL

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