26 February 2023

CIA Director William Burns warned that military cooperation between Iran and Russia was “moving at a pretty fast clip in a very dangerous direction… We know that the Iranians have already provided hundreds of armed drones to the Russians, which they’re using to inflict pain on Ukrainian civilians and Ukrainian civilian infrastructure. We know that they’ve provided ammunition for artillery and for tanks as well. And what we also see are signs that Russia is proposing to help the Iranians on their missile program and also at least considering the possibility of providing fighter aircraft to Iran as well. That creates obvious risks not only for the people of Ukraine… but also risks to our friends and partners across the Middle East as well”.

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