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Iran will start supplying aircraft parts and equipment to Russia and servicing Russian aircraft in accordance with a new agreement signed between the two countries.
Western countries and their allies have taken steps to isolate Moscow after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine. Russia looked to other rogue states, including Iran. help get around the sanctions and wait out the immediate economic impact.
China and India were buying Russian energy ahead of the invasion, and China has signed a number of important trade deals with its northern neighbour. According to The Moscow Times, citing the Mehr news agency, Iran stepped in to sign an agreement that would give Russia more flight options and assistance with planes in the near future.
The agreement includes a commitment to increase the number of flights between the two countries to 35 per week, a significant increase when only about 19 countries or states provide direct access to Russia.
Even these countries have reported that passengers face the risk of lawsuits in countries considered “friendly” to Russia. Western countries ordered to terminate contracts with Russian carriers at the earliest stage of the sanctions.
The deal follows an agreement between Tehran and Moscow. supply Russian troops with drones so that the Kremlin can sustain its military offensive, which has shifted from a broad attack and attempt to conquer all of Ukraine to focusing only on the eastern region of Donbass.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said intelligence agencies had received information indicating that Tehran would supply Moscow with drones and also train troops to use them.
“Our information indicates that the Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred UAVs, including armed UAVs, on an expedited basis,” Sullivan told reporters in a White House briefing.
“It’s not clear if Iran has already delivered any of these drones to Russia,” Sullivan said, “but this is just one example of Russia looking to countries like Iran for opportunities.”