A White House spokesperson confirmed that according to U.S. assessments, “Russia received both Mohajer-6 and Shahed-series UAVs from Iran over the course of several days in August. Russian transport aircraft loaded the UAV equipment at an airfield in Iran and subsequently flew from Iran to Russia”. The Pentagon asserted: “Russia deepening their alliance with Iran is something that the whole world - and especially those in the region - should watch and see as a profound threat... We will vigorously enforce all U.S. sanctions on both the Russian and Iranian arms trade and will stand with our allies and partners throughout the region against the Iranian threat”. On 1 September, IRGC Commander Hossein Salami remarked that “a number of the world’s top-ranking powers are willing to purchase military and defense equipment from the Islamic Republic. Indeed, this process has materialised as they are currently using [Iranian arms] and receiving training”.
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