Russian planes took the drones from Iran on August 19, according to the publication, while testing the drones revealed technical problems. The Kremlin called the publications of the publication stuffing
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the publication of The Washington Post (WP) on the supply of Iranian drones to Russia, said that the publication publishes “a lot of stuffing”, RBC correspondent reports.
«WP, unfortunately, has been publishing a lot of information stuffing lately. As for our relations with Iran, you know, they are developing dynamically, they have developed before and are developing now, and will continue to develop,” — said a Kremlin spokesman.
Earlier, The Washington Post, citing unnamed US officials, reported that Russian cargo planes had taken the first batch of Iranian-made drones,
According to US intelligence, drone planes left Iran on August 19. We are talking about at least two types of drones, both capable of carrying ammunition to attack artillery and other military targets, the newspaper points out.
At the same time, WP notes that, according to US security officials and friendly countries, the transfer of drones “was marred by technical problems.” According to them, during the first tests conducted by Russia, there were failures in the operation of Iranian drones.
“There are several errors in the system. The Russians were dissatisfied»,— said the source of the publication.
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In mid-July, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan already stated that Washington had information about Iran's plans to provide Russia with up to several hundred drones, including those capable of carrying weapons. According to him, Moscow asked Tehran for drones for a special operation in Ukraine. Iran could also train the Russian military to use them, Sullivan noted.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said that Moscow and Tehran have not recently developed cooperation in the field of modern technologies. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, in a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Kuleba, called Sullivan's words baseless. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov then said that the Kremlin had no comments on this matter. Later, presidential aide Yury Yushakov clarified that during his visit to Tehran in July, Vladimir Putin did not discuss the supply of drones.
CNN, citing sources and satellite imagery, reported in July that a Russian delegation had visited the Kashan airfield south of Tehran at least twice in the previous month. Iranian representatives showed her the Shahed-191 and Shahed-129 combat drones.
In mid-August, the US State Department threatened Iran with sanctions for arms trafficking.
The Foreign Ministry announced yesterday that Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian would arrive in Russia on August 31 and meet with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. In particular, they will discuss the bilateral agenda, including the prospects for “increasing scientific, technical, cultural and humanitarian ties.”
Ukraine, in addition to Soviet-style drones, uses Turkish Bayraktar in combat operations who has been using it since 2018. The head of the company— Drone manufacturer Baykar Haluk Bayraktar has repeatedly ruled out the possibility of deliveries to Russia, as the company supports Ukraine. At the end of July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Putin, talking to him, expressed a desire to establish cooperation with the manufacturer Bayraktar. Yuri Borisov said in an interview with RBC that the Russian Armed Forces “belatedly engaged” in the introduction of drones. However, now Russia has all types of drones: reconnaissance, attack, tactical, operational and operational-tactical.
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