Russia Receiving Weapons From Iran

Missiles, attack drones are intended for attacks in Ukraine, officials say
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2022 2:40 PM CDT
Russia Recieving Weapons From Iran
From left, Azerbaijani Prime Minister Ali Asadov, Iran's First Vice-President Mohammad Mokhber, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov, and Turkmen Vice-Prime Minister Khodjamyrat Geldimyradov pose at the Second Caspian Economic Forum outside Moscow on Thursday.   (Dmitry Astakhov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Iran has agreed to supply Russia with attack drones and missiles for use against Ukraine, US security officials said. The surface-to-surface missiles are intended to be employed against cities as well as Ukrainian troops, the Washington Post reports. The US military publicly stated that Iranian-made drones already have been used in Russian attacks, though Iran has insisted it has no plans to provide such weapons. The most recent denial was Friday, per CNN. "We believe that the arming of each side of the crisis will prolong the war, so we have not considered and do not consider war to be the right way either in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria, or Yemen," Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told a Portuguese official, according to Iran's transcript.

Iranian officials went to Russia last month to settle on terms for the shipments, officials from a US ally said, which are to include two types of surface-to-surface missiles. The short-range ballistic missiles would be the first Russia has received from any country since it invaded Ukraine in February. Technical advisers also have been dispatched to areas controlled by Russia to provide instruction on operating the drones, officials said, some of which can carry explosives 1,500 miles before crashing into their targets. The first of those drones were sent to Russia over the summer. Four of them hit the city of Zaporizhzhia overnight, Ukraine said Saturday, hours after Iran's denial. (More Russia-Ukraine war stories.)

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