Russia and Iran Explore Joint Production Of Lethal Drones, US Says
- According to NBC News reports, Russia and Iran are considering joint production of lethal drones.
- John Kirby, spokesperson for US national security council said that Iran had become Russia’s top supporter of military operations.
- According to reports, Russia launched new attacks against Ukraine on Saturday using drones made in Iran.
According to senior US officials, Russia is looking into collaborating with Iran in weapons development. This would include the establishment of a joint production line for deadly drones. per NBC News.
According to NBC News, a top official said that this partnership is a threat to not only Ukraine but also Iran’s neighbors in region.
John Kirby, spokesperson of the US national security Council, later confirmed this. Kirby said that on Friday, the US had seen reports suggesting that Russia and the US are interested in setting up a drone assembly facility in Russia. per BBC News.
According to the media outlet, he stated that Russia is interested in collaborating with Iran in areas such as weapons development and training.
According to BBC News, Kirby said that Iran has become Russia’s top military supporter. “Russia’s been using Iranian-built drones to strike energy infrastructure and deprive millions of Ukrainians heat, power, and other critical services. Iran’s actions today are causing the death of thousands of people in Ukraine.
The Wall Street Journal reportedRussia launched new attacks against Ukraine Saturday morning with Iranian-made drones. According to the paper, the southern command of Ukraine claimed it had shot down 10 unmanned aerial system in the regions Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa.
Barbara Woodward (ambassador of the UK to the UN) stated that Iran had transferred hundreds to Russia since August. per The Guardian.She stated that these were used to “kill civilians and illegally target civil infrastructure” in Ukraine. The Guardian reported.
Woodward also stated that Russia wants “hundreds” of ballistic missiles from Iranand offers “unprecedented” military support in return.
For months, Russia has been using Iranian-made drones — most notably the Shahed-136 suicide drone — to carry out deadly attacksUkrainian cities Insider’s Jake Epstein reported.
Unnamed Western official claimed Tuesday that Moscow appeared to be running out of Iranian-made drones, but ABC News reported that It expected a “resupply”.
Iran initially denied sending drones to Russia, but later admitted that it had supplied drones before the invasion of Ukraine. BBC News reported.
Penny Wong (Australia’s foreign minister) spoke out in support of the aforementioned statement. statement“The supply drones to Russia is evidence that Iran has played a destabilizing role in global security.” This listing shows that Russia’s material support will lead to sanctions.
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