Russia could supply Iran with nuclear tech in exchange for weapons, Ukraine says

13 January, 08:35 PM
Iranian military exercises on 31 December (Photo:Iranian Army/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS)

Iranian military exercises on 31 December (Photo:Iranian Army/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS)

Moscow is currently in talks with Tehran about exchanging nuclear technology for Iranian weapons, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov said in an interview with NV on Jan. 13.

“It’s clear they are negotiating with Iran regarding arms supplies in exchange for nuclear technology,” said Danilov.

“Allowing these processes to go on poses a major threat to the world.”

The officials added that Moscow is talking to other countries, hoping to secure security assistance agreements, but it’s “unclear” if any deals will be struck.

Video of day

Danilov added that Iranian drones, which Russia uses to attacks Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, are made with Western components – something the existing sanctions regime should have made impossible.

“That’s a question we’re currently working on – along with other countries who discover their tech is used by Iran,” the secretary said.

“How did it happen? What kind of sanctions are those, and why does this continue to happen? Let’s hope our efforts will result in something.”

On Jan. 5, White House National Security spokesman John Kirby said that Russia-Iran military cooperation could pose a threat to the United States – not just Ukraine.

In late December 2022, media reports suggested that Washington has launched a major push to cripple Iran’s ability to manufacture and supply drones to Russia – after Western components were found in the drones intercepted over Ukraine.

On Jan. 6, the United States introduced sanctions against major Iranian drone manufacturer Qods Aviation.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google News

Ukraine Today
Fresh daily newsletter covering the top headlines and developments in Ukraine
Daily at 9am EST
Show more news