Report: Iran to Ship Missiles, More Drones to Russia

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The Facts

  • According to several unnamed senior Iranian officials and diplomats, Iran has allegedly promised to provide Russia with surface-to-surface missiles, along with sending more drones, including explosive “kamikaze” type drones.

  • Russian officials reportedly met with their Iranian counterparts on Oct. 6 and asked for more drones and Iranian ballistic missiles of the more advanced Fateh and Zolfaghar weapons class.

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

The Iranian UAVs already transferred to Russia and used in Ukraine – as well as those reportedly pledged – are weapons that breach UN Security Council resolution 2231, which prohibits Iran from transferring certain military technologies. Iran is intentionally violating the rules-based order, and should remain embargoed.

Establishment-critical narrative

Claims that Iran is providing Russia with drones to use in Ukraine are baseless allegations fuelled by the political agendas of Western media. Tehran has intentionally refrained from providing weaponry to either side in the Ukrainian conflict, and the West should stop meddling in its neutral stance.

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