21 November 2023

A White House spokesperson indicated that “Iran may be preparing to go a step further in its support for Russia. We are... concerned that Iran is considering providing Russia with ballistic missiles now for use in Ukraine”. “In return for that support”, he added, “Russia has been offering Tehran unprecedented defence cooperation, including on missiles, electronics and air defence… In total, Iran is seeking billions of dollars worth of military equipment from Russia to strengthen its military capabilities”. “Russia has also been helping Iran develop and maintain its satellite collection capabilities and other space-based programs”, he noted. The official also discussed Russia’s potential provision of air-defence systems to Hizbollah or Iran, warning that the U.S. could exercise “counterterrorism sanctions authority against Russian individuals or entities that might make these destabilising transfers”.

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