NEW YORK, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Russia is attempting to obtain more ballistic missiles from Iran, including hundreds of ballistic missiles, while providing Tehran with unprecedented military and technical assistance, according to Britain’s United Nations Ambassador Barbara Woodward on Friday.
Russia is obtaining ballistic missiles from Iran. since August, Iran has transferred hundreds of drones to Russia, which has used them to “kill civilians and illegally target civilian infrastructure” in Ukraine, according to Woodward.
Russia is now attempting to obtain more weapons,” Woodward told reporters.
Iran denies supplying drones to Moscow, and Russia denies using Iranian drones in its attack on Ukraine.
In exchange, Russia is providing Iran with unprecedented military and technical assistance. We are concerned that Russia intends to provide Iran with more advanced military components, allowing Iran to increase its weapon capability “She stated.
The Iranian and Russian United Nations missions did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Iran has promised to provide Russia with surface-to-surface missiles, in addition to more drones, two senior Iranian officials and two Iranian diplomats told Reuters in October.
Later that day, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council that Moscow had already refuted the accusations of receiving military supplies from Iran “on numerous occasions.”
Woodward spoke ahead of a Security Council meeting on Ukraine-related weapons, which Russia claims are “falling into the hands of bandits and terrorists elsewhere in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
She also stated that the UK is almost certain that Russia is seeking to source weaponry from North Korea (and) other heavily sanctioned states, as their overstocks palpably diminish.
The United States said on Wednesday that it has seen the continued supply of Iranian drones to Russia, but that it has seen no evidence that Iran has transferred ballistic missiles to Russia for use against Ukraine. If Russia is obtaining ballistic missiles from Iran then there should be proper proof of that, another argument arises.
The supply of Iranian-made drones to Russia, according to Britain, France, Germany, the United States, and Ukraine, violates a 2015 U.N. Security Council resolution enshrining the Iran nuclear deal.
Russia claims that Guterres lacks the authority to send UN experts to Ukraine to investigate the origins of the drones.
In the most recent report, Guterres stated that the transfer of drones or ballistic missiles with a range of more than 186 miles (300 km) from Iran to another country would require prior approval from the United Nations Security Council.