Iran sends ammunition to Russia through the Caspian Sea to help Moscow in the invasion of Ukraine, according to the daily The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), citing sources from Middle Eastern officials familiar with the matter.
According to the newspaper, Russian ships carry large amounts of Iranian artillery shells and other munitions across the Caspian Sea to resupply troops fighting in the Ukraine.
This represents “an increasing challenge for the United States and its allies, who are looking for a way to interrupt this cooperation between Moscow and Tehran,” the statement said. wsj.
In the last six months, cargo ships have transported more than 300,000 artillery shells and one million rounds of ammunition from Iran to Russia, according to the documents and sources consulted by the newspaper, which ensures that the United States is aware of these reports.
Washington and its allies have been looking for ways to disrupt arms transfers from Iran, which has also been a major drone provider for the Russian army.
The New York newspaper details that Iran has mainly used cargo planes to ship weapons to Russia, making it nearly impossible to intervene. And acting in the Caspian Sea would require the help of the former Soviet republics..
The sources told the wsj that the most recent arms shipment known to have crossed the Caspian Sea to Russia left Iran in early March aboard the Rasul Gamzatov, a Russian cargo ship. The ship was carrying 1,000 containers with 2,000 artillery shells.
Russia turned to Iran for military aid last summer after receiving several setbacks on the Ukrainian front, whose army had received ammunition and weapons from the United States and its allies.
Iran initially provided Russia with hundreds of explosives-laden drones that Moscow used to attack Ukrainian civilian and military targets.
In addition to the drones, according to the sources consulted by the newspaper, Tehran agreed to provide Russia with more than 300,000 artillery shells, which has played a key role in the war in eastern Ukraine.
In the last weeks, A team of Iranians visited a factory in eastern Russia that makes advanced fighter jets.. The sources of wsj They explained that this “could be a sign that an agreement is advancing” between Moscow and Tehran on this matter.
(With information from EFE)
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