Report: Pirates seize ship on Israel's behalf, preventing arms from Iran
By JPOST.COM STAFFPublished: AUGUST 22, 2009 12:43
Pirates recently gained control over a Russian ship off the shores of Sweden in order to prevent weapons smuggling to Iran on Israel's behalf, according to a report by Russian newspaper Nuvia Gueta.
According to Saturday's report, which Army Radio cited, the Russian ship was carrying a load of X-55 cruise missiles intended for Teheran. Several days after the pirates seized the ship, Russian navy forces gained control over the vessel off the coast of West Africa.
Army Radio said Russian authorities denied the report, saying "the allegations are baseless."
Dmitri Rogozin, Russia's ambassador to NATO, said the report was fantastical and absurd.
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