The U.S. "regrets" the recently announced sale of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Cyprus. State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said the deal introduced "a new and destabilizing military element on the island." A Russian official described the objections by the U.S. and others as "groundless" and "evidence that Russia’s Western competitors on the arms market lack confidence." (USIS, Interfax, January 6)
Moscow Upbeat on Arms Exports.