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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iran Smuggling Denied

MOSCOW -- The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday denied a newspaper report that Russia is smuggling missile parts to Iran via Caspian Sea shipping lanes.

The Times of London reported over the weekend that Russia is shipping the parts under a secret agreement struck in August between the two countries' transport ministers.

Russia "categorically denies" the charge, a ministry communique said. It called the article "part of a campaign to discredit Russian-Iranian relations," saying it was "launched by certain circles."