“This is a full scale defense partnership that is harmful to Ukraine, to the region in the Middle East and to the international community.”
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby describing the relationship between Russia and Iran.
may 16, 2023
Why It Matters: The White House said Russia will likely buy additional attack drones from Iran and will use them to carry out attacks in Ukraine. Iran, a “state sponsor of terrorism” designated by the U.S. State Department, has provided weapons to Russia in the past and was described by the White House as “Russia’s top military backer.” The expected upcoming purchase signals a "deepening defense partnership between" the two countries (AP). The White House also added that Russia has looked to North Korea for artillery.
Meanwhile, in Ukraine: As the war reaches the 15-month mark, several European countries, including the U.K., France, and Germany have announced additional aid to Ukraine in recent days.
Russia aims to obtain more attack drones from Iran after depleting stockpile, White House says (The Associated Press)