Washington doubles down on Iranian drone delivery claim — Analysis
The US claims that Moscow received UAVs to attack and monitor Tehran from two sources.
According to the White House, Iran delivered two combat drones this month. Moscow has previously rejected such reports.
“What we’re assessing is that Russia has received both Mohajer-6 and Shahed-series UAVs from Iran over the course of several days in August,”Karine Jean-Pierre, White House spokesperson, spoke to reporters on Air Force One while en route from Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania)
“Russian aircraft loaded the UAV equipment at an airfield in Iran and subsequently flew from Iran to Russia,” Jean-Pierre added.
This statement comes after Washington Post reported, citing unnamed US officials. According to the Kremlin, this report is false.
Officials in the US warned Moscow that it might be receiving battle UAVs (from Tehran) to help its troops during the conflict in Ukraine.
In July, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan claimed that Washington has evidence that Iran was preparing to deliver “several hundred” drones to Russia.
John Kirby, spokesperson for the National Security Council, clarified that authorities were aware of this fact later in that month. “seen no indications”Russia will deliver or buy UAVs from Iran.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry accused Sullivan of “distorting the truth.”
Mohajer-6 as well as Shahed drones may be used to carry out airstrikes and provide surveillance.
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