Tehran is preparing to provide Moscow with surface-to-surface missiles, in addition to a large number of kamikaze drones, the Reuters news agency reported on Oct. 18, citing two senior Iranian officials and two Iranian diplomats.
According to them, an agreement between Iran and Russia was reached on Oct. 6. On that day, Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber, two high-ranking officials of the influential Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and a representative of the Supreme National Security Council visited Moscow for talks with the Kremlin on arms supplies.
Reuters speculates that these actions by Tehran are an attempt to defy the West, as they’re likely to "infuriate the United States".
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has submitted a proposal to sever diplomatic relations with Iran over the transfer of weapons to Russia to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Meanwhile, Presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak suggested that Moscow offered something important to Tehran in exchange for drones and a con-tract for ballistic missiles.
A number of EU foreign ministers called for new sanctions against Iran if Tehran's involvement in Russian aggression is proven.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry reiterated on Oct. 17 that they allegedly had nothing to do with the supply of Shahed-136 kamikaze drones to Russia – despite being the only manufacturer of those specific drones, and copious evidence of their use by Russia.