The USA is imposing sanctions to Russian companies. “Hezbollah is receiving rocket launchers from Russia,” says Israel
The USA and Israel are taking action and have taken the offensive – for the time
being only economic and through the media – against Russia, accused of arming
the “scoundrel countries” of Iran and Syria and, through them, Hezbollah.
Planes and missiles going from Moscow to Tehran. Washington has imposed unilateral sanctions to two Russian military industry
giants: aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi and state export agency Rosoboronexport.
The former is charged with having sold Iran Su-17, Su-24 and Su-25 bombers and
interceptor fighters, and the latter with having supplied the Ayatollah’s armed
forces with various weapon systems, in particular the 29 Tor-M1 anti-aircraft
missles, the subject of the highly contested contract signed by Moscow and Tehran
Because of the sanctions, all industrial projects the two companies have started
up with American companies have been cancelled (Sukhoi with Boeing, and Rosoboronexport
with General Motors).
The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs has called these sanctions “unacceptable”
and “illegitimate”, stressing that the military supplies do not regard “weapons
of mass destruction” and violate neither the international nuclear non-proliferation
treaties nor international weapons export laws.
Hezbollah is using new Russian rocket launchers. At the same time, the Israeli government disclosed that the Lebanese Hezbollah
militiamen are using a new type of rocket launcher made in Russia that is capable
of penetrating the shells of the famous Israeli ‘Merkva’ tanks.
According to Tel Aviv, the Shiite fighters are fitted out with brand-new RPG-29s
coming from Syria, which in turn purchased them from Russia. Israeli daily newspaper
Haaretz, which reported the news, pointed out that most of the casualties suffered by
Israeli forces in Lebanon were due precisely to this type of high-penetration
But according to the Israeli intelligence community, the Sa-18 ‘Igla’ man-portable
surface to air rocket launchers that Moscow sold to Damascus last year have ended
up in the hands of Hezbollah, which nevertheless has not used them up until now.
The Cremlin has rebuffed these charges, stating that the origin of the weapons
in question can be ascertained only by knowing their serial numbers, otherwise
the charges are only simple illations.
A direct channel between Hezbollah and Moscow. In any case, even if it were true, Russia’s responsibility for the transfer of
weapons sold to Syria to Hezbollah would be, to say the least, hard to prove.
However, for some time Mossad and CIA circles have maintained that the Lebanese
fighters have a direct channel with Moscow, in addition to the indirect channel
through Damascus and Tehran. Emissaries of the Shiite movement residing in the
Russian capital have allegedly been in touch with the Russian military secret
services for years in order to get not only supplies of weaponry, but even military
support and training at the Hezbollah bases in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, provided
by former members of the Russian special forces. According to these accusations,
Russia is allegedly supplying Syria and Iran knowing quite well that some of these
weapons end up in the hands of the Lebanese fighters.
It is the opinion of many accusers of Russia that proof of Moscow’s complicity
with Hezbollah lies in its decision to not include this movement in the list of
terrorist groups that the Cremlin drew up at the end of July, bucking the trend
of what all Western countries have done.