British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has said that Russia plans to give Iran “advanced military components” in exchange for hundreds of drones.
“Iran has become one of Russia’s top military backers,” Wallace told parliament on December 20 as part of a statement on the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
“In return for having supplied more than 300 kamikaze drones, Russia now intends to provide Iran with advanced military components, undermining both Middle East and international security.”
Iran has admitted supplying Moscow with drones but said they were sent before Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Russia has used the aircraft to target power stations and civilian infrastructure in what might constitute a war crime.
The European Union, the United States, Britain and other countries have imposed sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities believed to be involved in the supply of Iranian drones to Russia, as well as in the bloody crackdown by Iranian authorities on ongoing nationwide protests.