March 28, 2023

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Ukraine. US Monitors Russia Returning Arms to Iran

A The United States is convinced that Russia has sent weapons and equipment to Iran, which has been given to Ukraine by NATO and the United States, which has left behind on the battlefield, American station CNN reported today.

The report, citing sources close to the process, said in several cases the devices were sent to Iran to be disassembled and analyzed, possibly before the Iranian military could try to develop its own weapons.

“We are aware of these statements and although we will continue to monitor them, we have nothing more to add to Colin Call’s statements on this matter in his recent testimony before Congress,” a Pentagon source told EFE.

On February 28, Deputy Secretary of Defense Colin Kall appeared before the House Armed Services Committee to defend aid sent to Ukraine since the Russian invasion began a year ago.

Although he did not cite any specific case, Call pointed out that “if any of these systems have been diverted, it has been the Russians who have captured things on the battlefield.”

According to CNN, over the past year, officials from the United States, NATO and other Western countries have recorded several cases of Russian forces capturing small arms, such as Javelin anti-aircraft missiles and Stinger anti-aircraft systems, that Ukrainian forces were forced to leave behind on the battlefield.

U.S. officials do not believe the problem is widespread or systemic, and the Ukrainian military has been accustomed to reporting the loss of U.S.-supplied equipment to the Pentagon since the start of the war, sources told CNN.

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They added that Russia may be doing this because it hopes that by continuing to supply Iran with captured Western weapons, it will encourage Tehran to maintain its support for Russia’s war in Ukraine.

The White House warned days ago that military cooperation between Russia and Iran had increased and Tehran sent artillery and ammunition to the invading country, while Moscow may have provided fighter jets to the Islamic Republic.

The information was given by John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, who said that since August, Iran has provided hundreds of ‘drones’ to Russia, which it uses to attack “critical infrastructure” in Ukraine.

Since October, Russia has continued to bomb Ukraine’s main energy facilities with missiles and drones, leaving millions without electricity or heat.

On February 24 last year, a Russian military offensive on Ukrainian territory plunged Europe into what is considered the worst security crisis since World War II (1939-1945).

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