The United States warned of an increase in military cooperation between Iran and Russia

File photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi last year (REUTERS) (Iran’s Presidential Website/WANA/)

The White House warned this Friday that military cooperation between Iran and Russia increased and specified that Tehran sent artillery and tank ammunition to the European country, while Moscow could have provided the Islamic Republic with fighter-bombers.

This was stated by the spokesman for the White House National Security Council, John Kirbywho added that since August Iran has supplied hundreds of drones to Russiawhich has used them to attack “critical infrastructure” in Ukraine.

Kirby noted that he has additional information indicating that Iranian support for “the Russian war” has expanded since November.

“Iran has shipped artillery and tank munitions to Russia for use in Ukraine, and Russia is planning to cooperate with Iran to obtain more military equipment,” the US spokesman said.

In exchange, Moscow has offered the Persian country not only fighter-bombers, but also “missiles, electronic equipment and anti-aircraft defenses”, Kirby assured.

“Iran is also looking to buy more military equipment from Russia,” he added, “including combat helicopters, radars and YAK-130 planes.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)
The spokesman for the National Security Council of the White House, John Kirby (REUTERS / Evelyn Hockstein) (EVELYN HOCKSTEIN /)

Kirby also stated that North Korea has provided weapons to the Russian mercenary group Wagner“who is committing atrocities and human rights abuses in Ukraine”.

This Friday marks the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a country that the US and its allies are helping with military assistance to defend itself.

Washington announced this Friday military and humanitarian assistance packages for kyiv, as well as a new round of sanctions to Russian officials and their partners in other countries, and an increase in tariffs on metal imports from Russia, among others.

In addition, the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, asked this Friday to maintain the commitment to the defense of Ukraine “to ensure that a world of rules and rights is not replaced by one of tyranny and tumult.”

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky and US President Joe Biden shake hands before a meeting in kyiv on February 20 (REUTERS)
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky and US President Joe Biden shake hands before a meeting in Kiev on February 20 (REUTERS) (UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SER /)

Since the start of the conflict on February 24, 2022, the United States has provided some $29.8 billion in military assistance to Ukraine, as well as more than $15 billion in humanitarian, economic, and development support.

Earlier this week, US President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to kyiv where he met his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelensky.

(With information from EFE)

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