“The United States is concerned that Russian negotiations to purchase short-range ballistic missiles from Iran are advancing aggressively. We assess that Russia intends to purchase missile systems from Iran,” a US official quoted by “WSJ” said.
The White House has officially announced several times since 2022 that Russia may buy Iranian missiles, in addition to drones already purchased and used in the war against Ukraine. According to sources cited by “WSJ”, the deal has not yet been finalized, but it could happen soon, and if it happens, the first missiles could be delivered in the spring. In December, a Russian delegation visited Iran's training ground to monitor short-range missiles in Abab. Earlier US intelligence reports suggested that Russia might acquire Fateh and Solfakar missiles with a range of 200-700 km.
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According to “WSJ”, in the context of the continuous shelling of Ukraine, concern is raised not only about the strengthening of the Russian arsenal, but also about the possible strengthening of Iran. Military cooperation between Tehran and Moscow could strengthen the Iranian economy and improve missile systems, military electronics, air defense and spy satellites.
U.S. administration officials say Russia has received dozens of short-range missiles from North Korea for the first time in recent weeks. So far, U.S. sources have talked only about Pyongyang's supply of ammunition and missiles for rocket artillery. In November they reported to the South Korean media that officials from Seoul continued the possible transport of ballistic missiles from the DPRK.
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