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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Belarus-Iran Arms Deal

WASHINGTON -- Belarus is preparing a deal to sell Iran military equipment and spare parts for tanks, The Washington Times reported Tuesday.

Citing CIA sources, the Times said Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko would sign the secret agreement when he travels next month to Iran.

U.S. officials told the paper they feared Belarus would become a conduit for Russian weapons technology to Iran.

"There is little distinction between Russia and Belarus and it's clear Belarus is acting as a Russian proxy in this," a U.S. defense official told the Times.

The Belarus-Iran pact would include sales of tank engines and spare parts, and tank-related technology that would allow Iran to maintain its T-55, T-62 and T-72 tanks, the paper said.