Date: 23 November 2022 Author: Grzegorz Kuczyński

Russia, Iran Pledge Closer Military Ties

Iran has not shifted its policy towards the Russian invasion of Ukraine by supplying Russia with a batch of mostly kamikaze drones and perhaps also ballistic missiles. This might have been on the agenda of the meeting between Putin’s top aide and Iranian leaders.

SOURCE: Совет Безопасности Российской Федерации (scrf.gov.ru)

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev met Iranian leaders on November 8 in Tehran to discuss cooperation between the two countries. The topics might have included more supplies of drones and perhaps ballistic missiles from Iran to Russia and also Russian support to suppress the ongoing protests in Iran. Patrushev arrived in Iran amid some claims that the Iranian regime needed some help in cracking down on nationwide rallies that have been taking place all over Iran since mid-September. Perhaps it was one of many topics discussed by Patrushev and Iran’s top security official, Ali Shamkhani. Shamkhani also called for deeper ties with Russia in the energy, transportation, agriculture, trade, and banking sectors. The two officials discussed the situation in Ukraine and measures to combat what they called “Western interference” in their internal affairs. Patrushev also met Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. Officially, Iran says it welcomes and supports any initiative that leads to a ceasefire and peace between Russia and Ukraine, but it supplies Russia with Shahed drones for its invasion of Ukraine. Patrushev flew to Iran to show Russia was not an isolated country worldwide. Why does not Iran equivocate about supporting Russia? The country’s ayatollahs are aware of the fact that the Russian defeat combined with a likely fall of the Putin regime could topple the Iranian regime. The defeat of Russian could embolden both domestic opposition forces and some foreign ones, notably in the United States.

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