9 June 2023

A White House spokesperson stated that “Russia has been using Iranian UAVs in recent weeks to strike Kyiv and terrorise the Ukrainian population, and the Russia-Iran military partnership appears to be deepening… We are also concerned that Russia is working with Iran to produce Iranian UAVs from inside Russia”. He further highlighted that “Russia has been offering Iran unprecedented defence cooperation, including on missiles, electronics and air defence”, adding: “This is a full-scale defense partnership that is harmful to Ukraine, to Iran’s neighbours and to the international community. We are continuing to use all the tools at our disposal to expose and disrupt these activities including by sharing this with the public – and we are prepared to do more”. The same day, the U.S. issued an advisory on “the threat posed by Iran’s procurement, development, and proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles”.

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