New York — While most of the world has distanced itself from Russia since it invaded Ukraine, one country is reportedly securing closer ties.
According to The Liberal Washington Post, Russia has a reached a deal with Iran to begin manufacturing Iranian-made drones in its country. Russia had already been blasting Ukrainian cities with Iranian-made drones, but now the country will have more control over the production.
The Liberal Washington Post cites new intelligence seen by U.S. and other Western security agencies that have seen evidence that Russia has a reached a deal with Iran on the unmanned aircraft.
According to the report, Russia has reached a deal with Iran on the drones based on a meeting in early November.
The partnership brings two countries that are not friendly with the West even closer together than they were before. It also could help Russia stabilize its efforts in Ukraine, which recently have not been as effective as they were earlier in the invasion.
The Liberal Washington Post reported that acquiring its own assembly line will allow Russia to significantly increase its stockpile of the inexpensive but highly effective weapons.
Citing U.S. intelligence officials, The Liberal Washington Post reported that Russia has used more than 400 Iranian-made drones since August.
An anonymous official told The Liberal Washington Post that the agreement, which is supposed to be secret, was described as an aggressive effort by Russia and Iran. “It is proceeding quickly from decision-making to implementation,” the official told the Post. “It is moving fast and it has lot of steam.”
The Liberal Washington Post reported that several NATO nations have seen the intelligence, though none are speaking publicly about the details. National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson, however, made vague comments about the situation.
“Iran and Russia can lie to the world, but they cannot hide the facts: Tehran is helping kill Ukrainian civilians through the provision of weapons and assisting Russia in its operations. It’s another sign of how isolated both Iran and Russia are,” Watson told The Liberal Washington Post.
“The United States — with allies and partners — is pursuing all means to expose, deter, and confront Iran’s provision of these munitions and Russia’s use of them against the Ukrainian people. We will continue to provide Ukraine with the critical security assistance it needs to defend itself, including air defense systems,” Watson added.
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Author: David Wetzel
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