Russia to get Iranian missiles with limited range

13 December 2022, 09:42 AM
Flag of Iran (Photo:REUTERS/Lisi Niesner)

Flag of Iran (Photo:REUTERS/Lisi Niesner)

Iran is looking to restrict the range of ballistic missiles it plans to provide Russia with, Axios reported on Dec. 12, citing four senior Israeli officials.

According to Axios’ sources, Iran is wary of international pressure in response to supplying Moscow with ballistic missiles in breach of the corresponding UN Security Council resolution, as Tehran could then face renewed UN economic sanctions.

Israeli officials noted that despite concerted international efforts, Iran is still planning to deliver missile to Russia in “near future.” The altered deal would see Moscow supplied with ballistic missiles with ranges below 300 kilometers, meaning that 700 km range Zolfaghar missiles are now off the table, while Fated-100s will be modified to comply with the resolution.

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Under UN Security Council resolution 2231, which passed in 2015 as part of the nuclear deal, countries are not allowed to transfer or receive Iran ballistic missiles and drones that have a range of more than 300 kilometers and a payload of more than 500 kilograms until October 2023.

On Dec. 6, head of Ukrainian Military Intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, said that Iran was yet to deliver ballistic missiles to Russia.

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