Israeli intelligence warns of intensified Iranian support to Russia

23 December 2022, 04:27 PM
Russia has acquired hundreds of attack drones from Iran (Photo:Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters)

Russia has acquired hundreds of attack drones from Iran (Photo:Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters)

Iran is going to raise the volume of advanced weapons it’s supplying to Russia to assist it the full-scale war against Ukraine, Israeli news outlet ynet.co.il reported on Dec. 22, citing Israel spy chief David Barnea.

"We warn against Iran's future intentions, which they are trying to keep secret, to deepen and expand the supply of advanced weapons to Russia," he said.

He also warned about Iran's intention "to expand its uranium enrichment project and intensify attacks on friendly Muslim countries in the region in various ways.”

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Barnea called the prevention of the Iranian regime from acquiring nuclear weapons one of Mossad's tasks, adding that Tehran is attempting to keep its increasing sup-port to Moscow a secret.

Russia has acquired hundreds of attack drones from Iran and has used them repeatedly against Ukraine: specifically the Iranian-made Mohajer-6, Shahed-129, and Shahed-191.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported that Russia has recently received a new batch of Shahed Iranian drones, with another 250 on the way. Various media reports have claimed that Russia has also purchased ballistic missiles, not just drones, from Iran.

On Dec. 6, Ukraine’s military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov stated that Iran has not sent cruise missiles to Russia – a report echoed by U.S. officials.

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