In exchange for drones, Russia sends $140 million in cash to Iran and seizes Western weapons, Sky News reports

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Iran-made Shahed-136 drone destroyed

The source claims that on August 20, Russian military aircraft landed in Tehran and delivered the money, NLAW and Javelin anti-tank weapons and Stinger portable air defense systems captured by Russian forces in Ukraine. The weapons could help Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps research and potentially reverse engineer Western technology, the Sky News source said.

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Sky News writes that Iran has handed over more than 160 UAVs to Russia in return, including 100 Shahed-136 kamikaze drones. According to the same source, Russia and Iran recently struck a new deal for the supply of drones worth $200 million.

Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein-Amir Abdullahian first admitted that Tehran had transferred drones to Russia, but claimed that this happened before the start of a large-scale invasion of Ukraine.

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The United States refuted Iran’s claim, emphasizing that Iran transferred drones to Russia in the summer of 2022 and also sent its military specialists to occupied Ukrainian territories to train Russian forces in operating Iran-made equipment.

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The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, said Russia could use Iranian short-range ballistic missiles against Ukraine as early as November. In particular, the Fateh-110 and Zolfaghar SRBM missiles. Iran has already handed over Mohajer, Arash-1 and Arash-2, Shahed-131 and Shahed-136 drones to Russia.

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