Russia offers Iran a lot of unprecedented defense cooperation, including in missiles, electronics and air defense.
Iran’s support for Russia’s war against Ukraine is expanding. In return, Russia may provide Tehran with fighter jets.
This was stated by White House National Security Adviser John Kirby, writes Politico. He emphasized that Iran has been supporting Russia’s war in Ukraine for several months.
Thus, in November, Iran sent artillery and tank shells to Russia for use in Ukraine. The Russian Federation plans to cooperate with Iran in order to obtain even more military equipment.
“Russia is offering a lot of unprecedented defense cooperation, including in missiles, electronics and air defense,” Kirby said.
According to him, Iran is also seeking to acquire attack helicopters, radars and training and combat aircraft. In general, Iran hopes to receive “billions of dollars” worth of military equipment from Russia.
When asked about the types of fighters and the timing of their delivery, Kirby refused to go into details. “That’s the most I can say right now. We’ll be watching it very closely to see what actually happens,” Kirby said.
A closer military alliance between the two countries could complicate Western efforts in Ukraine and elsewhere, he said.
“This will certainly not only complicate the situation in Ukraine, but it can also complicate the security situation in the Middle East for our partners and friends,” the White House adviser said, adding that Iran looks set to receive Russian military capabilities to strengthen its military relics in the Middle East region.
The war in Ukraine – Iran’s support for Russia
As reported, Iran began to support Russian war crimes in Ukraine by supplying Moscow with kamikaze drones for attacks on the critical civilian infrastructure of our country. However, Iran continues to deny its involvement in the transfer of these weapons to Russia.
In December, Britain accused Russia of planning to supply Iran with advanced military components in exchange for hundreds of drones. Britain’s defense secretary did not say what types of military components Russia wanted to transfer to Iran.
Earlier, the NBC publication wrote that the Russian Federation provides an “unprecedented level” of military and technical support to Iran. It is noted that as part of the expanded partnership, Russia can provide Iran with modern military equipment and components, including helicopters (in particular, Su-35 fighters) and air defense systems.
Before that, the United States accused United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of succumbing to Russian threats and not sending officials to investigate Russia’s use of drones supplied to Iran.