The White House warned this Friday that military cooperation between Russia and Iran has increased, specifying that Tehran has sent artillery and tank ammunition to the European country, while Moscow could have supplied fighter-bombers to the Islamic Republic.
This was stated by White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, who added that Iran has supplied Russia with hundreds of drones since August, which has used them to attack “critical infrastructure” in Ukraine.
Kirby said he has additional information that Iranian support for “the Russian war” has expanded since November.
“Iran has sent artillery and tank ammunition to Russia for use in Ukraine, and Russia plans to work with Iran to obtain more military equipment,” the US spokesman said.
In return, Moscow has offered the Persian country not only fighter-bombers, but also “missiles, electronic equipment and anti-aircraft guns,” Kirby said.
“Iran also wants to buy more military equipment from Russia,” he added, “including attack helicopters, radar and YAK-130 aircraft.”
Kirby also alleged that North Korea has supplied weapons to the Russian mercenary group Wagner, “which commits atrocities and human rights violations in Ukraine”.
This Friday marks the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a country the US and its allies are helping with military aid to defend itself.
Washington today announced military and humanitarian aid packages for Kiev, a new round of sanctions against Russian officials and their partners in other countries, and an increase in tariffs on, among other things, the import of metals from Russia.