According to a recently declassified US intelligence report made public by the White House on Friday, Iran is giving Russia the materials it needs to construct a drone manufacturing facility close to Moscow.
According to National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, the plant in the Alabuga special economic zone, several hundred miles east of the Russian capital, will be deployed to resist Ukraine’s most recent onslaught and might be operational early next year.
In April, the White House declassified satellite images of the industrial area where it believes the plant “will probably be built.”
The White House also explained how drones are transported from the Iranian city of Amirabad to Makhachkala in Russia across the Caspian Sea before being moved to two air bases for use in attacks against civilians in Ukraine.
“This is a full-scale defense partnership that is harmful to Ukraine, to Iran’s neighbors, and to the international community,” Mr Kirby said, according to the Associated Press.
“We are continuing to use all the tools at our disposal to expose and disrupt these activities including by sharing this with the public — and we are prepared to do more.”
The most recent declassified report is an extension of the US policy to promote relations between the two nations in order to counter Russia’s invasion.
The US has repeatedly issued warnings about Tehran and Moscow’s growing military relations.
The Biden administration stated in December that it thought Tehran and Moscow were exploring setting up a drone manufacturing facility in Russia to support their illegitimate invasion of Ukraine.
According to Mr. Kirby in February, Russia gave Iran “unprecedented defense cooperation” in return, including missiles, electronics, and air defenses.
Russia has also given the Iranian government tactical support as it tries to quell a domestic rebellion.
Since the fall of 2022, Russian forces have terrorized Ukraine using drone assaults made by Iran.
According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Russia has used them to target residential structures, playgrounds, power plants, and bridges, killing scores of civilians in the process.
According to Mr. Kirby, the White House is getting ready to issue a new recommendation to help organizations and governments avoid unintentionally supporting the Iranian-Russian nexus.
In an effort to stop the flow of drone parts into the two nations, the US and its European partners recently adopted new regulations, he added.
In the meantime, Vladimir Putin declared that Russia will soon start deploying tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus.