The US announces that the first shipment including hundreds of Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles on board has arrived in Russia and that these weapons will be used on the front in Ukraine.
The United States confirms that Russia received two types of drones from Iran, Mohajer-6 and Shahed-129 (photo article), Defense Department spokesman Todd Breasseale told POLITICO, corroborating earlier reports. Drones can be used to carry out bombing, electronic warfare and targeting, he said.
This initial tranche is likely part of Moscow’s plans to import “hundreds” of Iranian drones of various types, which Russia plans to use on the battlefield in Ukraine, Breasseale said.
However, Breasseale said that information indicates that the drones in the initial transfer have already experienced a number of malfunctions.
The White House confirmed that Iran had handed over drones to Russia
It is about Mohajer-6 and Shahed series UAVs.
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Russia, satellite with “significant espionage capabilities” on behalf of Iran
He also said that Russian forces in Ukraine are suffering from a lack of supplies, in part due to sanctions and export controls. This forces Russia to depend on “unreliable nations like Iran” to cover its needs.
“The fact that Russia is deepening its alliance with Iran is something that the whole world – and especially those in the region – should be watching and seeing as a deep threat. We will vigorously enforce all US sanctions on both the Russian and Iranian arms trade and stand with our allies and partners across the region against the Iranian threat“, said Breasseale.
Senior US officials have been warning for weeks about Russian cooperation with Iran. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN in July that the US had information indicating that Iran “is preparing to supply Russia with several hundred UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle), including UAVs capable of carrying weapons” to be used on the battlefield in Ukraine.
Russian operators were trained in Iran for several weeks as part of the UAV transfer agreement, according to a National Security Council spokesman, who asked to remain anonymous to discuss a sensitive matter.
Beyond the drone transfers, the US has seen recent reports that Russia has launched a satellite with “significant spying capabilities” on behalf of Iran, the spokesman said.
“This demonstrates that while Russia is incurring battlefield costs in Ukraine, it is having difficulty sustaining its own weapons as it looks to countries such as Iran for capabilities to support its forces“, according to the spokesperson.
The US is trying to temper relations with Iran
“It also demonstrates the need for US involvement in the region so that we don’t leave a vacuum for China or Russia“, the spokesperson added.
The news that the first Iranian drones have arrived in Russia comes as Iran-backed militant groups continue to fuel violence against US forces in the Middle East. President Joe Biden last week ordered airstrikes against infrastructure facilities used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria, prompting a series of back-and-forth attacks between US and Iran-backed forces this week. the country.
The Biden administration is trying to strike a difficult balance in relations with Tehran as negotiators make progress toward revitalizing the 2015 nuclear deal after more than a year of talks.
Tags: Russia, Ukraine, war,
Publication date: 31-08-2022 13:30