Iran boosts the Russian invasion in Ukraine with 300,000 artillery shells
by All Arab News Staff/ Photo credits: IDF Spokesperson's Office
Iran has emerged as a leading producer of drones and utilized them repeatedly to advance its aggressive expansionist policy across the Middle East
The Islamic Republic of Iran has boosted Russia’s war effort in Ukraine during the past six months by providing Moscow with more than 300,000 artillery shells, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The report is based on documents and unnamed officials who are reportedly familiar with the issue. Russian vessels have transported massive Iranian military aid across the Caspian Sea from Iran to Russian shores.
Russia has formally gained the status of being considered a leading global military power. However, the Russian military is lagging behind Western armies in several key technological areas, such as drone technologies and development.
Iran has emerged as a leading producer of drones and utilized them repeatedly to advance its aggressive expansionist policy across the Middle East. In February, the United States Defense Intelligence Agency published a seven-page report, confirming a comprehensive export of Iranian drones to the Russian war effort in Ukraine.
Russia has traditionally been the stronger power in the complex relationship between Moscow and Tehran. However, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Anna Borshchevskaya, argues that Russia is increasingly becoming dependent on Iranian military expertise in drone technologies and other areas.
“Russia is now dependent on Iran for the first time in the broad scope of the Russia-Iran relationship,” said Borshchevskaya. “It’s an historic shift,” she added.
The West previously underestimated the Iranian threat, mainly viewing it as a Middle East problem. However, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the growing Russian-Iranian military cooperation, the Iranian regime is increasingly viewed as a global threat.
“The threat posed by long-range weapons made in Iran is not limited to the Middle East. Since the invasion of Ukraine, Iran has supplied hundreds of Shahed one-way attack drones to Russia,” warned the British Ministry of Defense in February.
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