The US accuses Russia of supplying weapons and warplanes to Iran
The Biden administration accuses Russia of providing Iran with advanced military aid, including air defense systems, helicopters and fighter jets, which are part of the two nations’ deepening cooperation as Tehranto support Vladimir Putin .
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby on Friday cited US intelligence assessments for the allegations, saying Russia is offering Iran “an unprecedented level of military and technical assistance that is transforming their relationship into a full-fledged defense partnership.”
Kirby said Russia and Iran are considering setting up a drone assembly line in Russia for the Ukraine conflict, while Russia is training Iranian pilots on the Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet and Iran could receive the plane within the year.
“These fighter jets will significantly strengthen the Iranian Air Force compared to its regional neighbors,” Kirby said.
The US allegations are part of a deliberate US effort to further Russia’s global isolation, in this case aimed at Arab nations that have sought to contain Iran’s regional nastiness and have not taken a firm stance against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine .
As Russia’s military resources are being taxed by the Ukraine invasionIn contrast, the western powers are providing military equipment to Ukraine for self-defense because of the war, increasing the cost to Putin, reminiscent of the resource depletion that took place during the “Star Wars” competition between the US and the former Soviet Union Moscow saw exhausted his military treasury.
Earlier this year, the Biden administration accused Saudi Arabia of siding with Russia in the conflictby the OPEC+ cartel to inflate the price of oil, which is vital to funding Moscow’s war effort. Saudi Arabia and Iran have been on opposite sides in a years-long proxy war in Yemen.
Kirby said the arms transfers violated United Nations Security Council resolutions and that the US was “using the tools at our disposal to detect and disrupt these activities.”
Concerns about the “deepening and burgeoning defense partnership” between Russia and Iran come as the Biden administration has repeatedly accused Iran of supporting Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.
The government says Iran sold hundreds of attack drones to Russia over the summer. Kirby on Friday reiterated the government’s belief that Iran is considering selling hundreds of ballistic missiles to Russia, but acknowledged that the US “doesn’t have a perfect insight into Iranian reasoning as to why” the deal didn’t go through.
Russia is turning to Iran over tough sanctions for arms, including military drones, used to kill civilians, British Ambassador to the UN Barbara Woodward told the UN Security Council on Friday. Woodward called for a UN investigation, arguing that both countries’ rogue partnership violated international law.
Woodward accused Russia of trying to get more weapons from Iran, including hundreds of ballistic missiles, in exchange for “an unprecedented level of military and technical assistance” to Tehran.
“We are concerned that Russia intends to provide Iran with more advanced military components that will allow Iran to strengthen its weapons capability,” she said. “Therefore, it is imperative that the truth about Iranian supplies to Russia be exposed and investigated by the UN as soon as possible.”
“Ukraine demands that Iran immediately stop supplying Russia with arms that are killing civilians and destroying critical infrastructure, and comply with Security Council resolutions,” Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, told CBS News on Friday. Correspondent Pamela Falk.
At a Russian-convened UN Security Council meeting on Friday to assess the impact of Western arms being pumped into Ukraine, Russia’s UN ambassador Vasily Nebenzia again denied that Iran is supplying arms to Ukraine.
“The military-industrial complex in Russia can function perfectly and does not need anyone’s help, while the Ukrainian military industry is basically non-existent and is supported by Western industry and Western companies,” he said.
At the meeting, Richard Mills, the US deputy ambassador to the United Nations, told fellow diplomats on Friday: “What we’re seeing is — frustrated on the battlefield, Russia has resorted to remotely monitoring Ukraine’s critical and energy infrastructure.” destroying what is causing immense suffering to the civilian population. We only heard it three days ago and we defy the call from the international community to end its aggression,” reported Falk.
“It is Russia that has cynically called for this meeting, claiming an illegal conspiracy of arms transfers from Ukraine. In fact, as others around the table have noted, it is Russia that is complicit in Iran’s illegal transfer of unmanned aerial vehicles to Russia,” Mills adds.
The White House says Russia hasfor artillery as the Nine Months War continues. North Korea has denied the claim.
The White House has repeatedly tried to highlight Russia’s reliance on Iran and North Korea, another largely isolated nation on the international stage, for helping it continue its war against Ukraine.
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly called Iran-Russia cooperation a “desperate alliance”.
“Iran is now one of the biggest military supporters of Russia,” he said. “Their dirty dealings have resulted in the Iranian regime sending hundreds of drones to Moscow, which were used to attack Ukraine’s critical infrastructure and kill civilians.
“In return, Russia is offering military and technical support to the Iranian regime, which will increase the risk to our Middle Eastern partners and international security.”
The Biden administration recently announced sanctions against Iranian companies and organizations involved in ferrying Iranian drones to Russia for use in Ukraine. It all comes as the government has condemned the Islamic Republic’s violent crackdown on protests that erupted across Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September while she was being held by morality police.
Even as the White House has accused Iran of aiding Russia’s war effort, the administration has not given up on the opportunity to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal — which was quashed by the Trump administration in 2018. The pact, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, would grant Tehran billions of dollars in sanctions relief if the country agrees to scale back its nuclear program to the limits set by the 2015 deal.