Is the Iranian Press full of sheer fantasies, or could Russia actually send armor to Palestine?

I suppose I trust some governments more than others. I never hear Latvia’s government say anything, so I never suspect it of lying.

On the other hand, while I would *like* to trust Iran, its press releases look too much like wishful thinking and propaganda.

For example:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has announced that Moscow will supply Palestinians with fifty Russian-made armored vehicles within days.

“We have sent the Palestinians 50 armored vehicles, they have arrived in Jordan, and we hope that they will arrive here in the next few days,” Lavrov told reporters in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday.

The Russian official’s remark came after meetings with acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Earlier in 2008, Israel allowed the Russian Defense Ministry to supply the vehicles in two shipments of 25 each, AFP reported.

However, the delivery has so far been delayed as Israel argued that the shipment could fall into the hands of the Palestinian Resistance Movement of Hamas.

Hamas, which won the 2006 parliamentary elections, was forced to limit its rule to the Gaza Strip in June 2007 after foiling an alleged coup plot against Ismail Haniyeh, the democratically Palestinian elected prime minister.


Is this sheer fantasy? Is this prevarication? Are they pretending to make a deal that will be called off at the last minute?

When there’s just one source and the story sounds bizarre, I wonder if it’s sheer fabrication.

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