Iran and Russia strengthen their military alliance: Tehran will receive Russian fighters, helicopters and missile defenses

Vladimir Putin with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during a meeting in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on September 15 (Iran’s Presidential Website/WANA) (Iran’s Presidential Website/WANA/)

In the midst of the invasion of Ukraine, the Vladimir Putin regime continues to strengthen its military cooperation with Iran. Despite warnings from the international community, Tehran will receive several Russian Su-35 fighter-bombers in the spring, as well as missile defenses and helicopters.

The Persian deputy Shahriar Heidaria member of the National Security and Foreign Policy commission, anticipated in statements to the semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim that the delivery will take place at the beginning of the next Persian year, 1402, which begins on March 21.

The Iranian press had previously reported the upcoming delivery of 24 fourth-generation twin-turbine fighters that will be destined for Isfahan 8 Air Base in the center of the country.

These would be the first fighters purchased by Iran since the acquisition in the 1990s of Russian MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters. and they are part of the military cooperation agreements recently signed by Moscow and Tehran.

Russia will deliver Su-35 fighter-bombers to Iran (REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov)
Russia will deliver Su-35 fighter-bombers to Iran (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov) (MAXIM SHEMETOV/)

In recent months, controversy has erupted over Ukraine’s complaint about the use of Iranian-made drones by Russian forces that launched an invasion of the east of the country on February 24, 2022. Iran denies that it sold drones to Russia since the beginning of the war.

Last week the US government said that Iran’s sale of lethal drones to Russia for use against Ukraine means that the country could be “contributing to widespread war crimes.”

National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivanmade the accusation against the Persian regime last Monday while speaking to journalists accompanying President Joe Biden on his visit to Mexico.

While not signaling a change in policy, the accusation represented some of the harshest in US rhetoric against Tehran since it began supplying Russia with weapons to support the war in Ukraine.

Ukraine shot down several Iranian-made kamizake drones launched by Russian troops against kyiv (AP)
Ukraine shot down several Iranian-made kamizake drones launched by Russian troops against kyiv (AP) (Ukrainian military’s Strategic Communications Directorate /)

Sullivan commented that Iran had chosen “a path where its weapons are being used to kill civilians in the Ukraine and to try to plunge cities into cold and darkness, which, in our view, puts Iran in a place where could be contributing to widespread war crimes.”

The official cited the European and US sanctions against Iran’s regime implemented after the US exposed Iranian arms sales to Russia last year as an example that they are trying to “make these transactions more difficult.” But he acknowledged that “the way they are doing it physically makes physical interdiction challenging.”

With information from Europa Press and AP

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