Apparently, Iran has supplied ammunition to Russia. (Archive image) © Iranian Presidency/dpa
A leaked document exposes military ties between Russia and Iran amid the Ukraine war. Apparently, Tehran supplied ammunition to Moscow.
Frankfurt – Against the backdrop of the Ukraine war, Russia and Iran have expanded their military relations enormously. After all, Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin needs all the help he can get for his war of aggression against the neighboring country. Now, a new document has been leaked, which is apparently authentic and proves Iran's ongoing military aid to Russia.
Ukraine war: Russia probably received ammunition from Iran
The document, dated September 14, 2022, about an Iranian supply of ammunition to Russia was seen by the British channel Sky News. These are 16 pages that would be considered the first firm evidence that Iran actually supplied Russia with ammunition, the channel reported. In his information, he refers to the statements of an informed security source. According to the report, Iran has delivered more than a million dollars worth of tank and howitzer shells to Russia.
In addition, according to a separate document, there are barrels for Russian T-72 tanks, as well as for howitzers. This deal between Moscow and Tehran is worth around $740,000, according to the Sky News report. The British channel's security source swears by the authenticity of the documents: "This is a contract between the Iranians and the Russians for ammunition, we believe it is 100 percent authentic."
Ukraine war: Documents as first correct evidence of Iranian ammunition deliveries
Sky News said it had presented the documents to both Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly. If the documents actually prove to be credible, investigations will be initiated, it said. "When we're presented with information, we look at it and validate it. And, of course, we then make decisions based on that," Cleverly explained.
Sanctions have already been imposed on Iran and action has been taken on proven deliveries of military equipment. "And, of course, we will always do the same," assured the British Foreign Secretary. Sky News' security source provided more details. According to her, these are "samples" before further, apparently larger deliveries. Experts described the documents, which Sky News photographed, as "plausible". In addition, the date fits with previous reports on military relations between Iran and Russia. (bb)