Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has stated that Iran supplied “a limited amount” of drones to Russia several months before the war in Ukraine began, AP reports.
“We gave a limited number of drones to Russia months before the Ukraine war,” Amir-Abdollahian said after a meeting in Tehran. Earlier, Iran denied supplying kamikaze drones to Russia.
CNN previously reported citing its sources that US intel officials believe that Iran was seeking Russia’s help to bolster its nuclear program. The intelligence suggests that Iran has been asking Russia for help acquiring additional nuclear materials and with nuclear fuel fabrication.
“But the Iranian proposal has come amid an expanding partnership between Iran and Russia that in recent months has included Iran sending drones and other equipment to Russia for use in its war in Ukraine, and Moscow potentially advising Tehran on how to suppress a protest movement sweeping Iran,” CNN wrote.
Earlier, CNN also wrote, citing officials from a Western country that closely monitors Iran’s weapons program, that Iran is preparing to send approximately 1,000 additional weapons, including surface-to-surface short range ballistic missiles and more attack drones, to Russia.