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Ukraine's Defence Intelligence does not confirm transfer of Iranian ballistic missiles to Russia

Sunday, 25 February 2024, 15:38
Ukraine's Defence Intelligence does not confirm transfer of Iranian ballistic missiles to Russia
Budanov. Photo: Dmytro Larin, Ukrainska Pravda

Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukraine's Defence Intelligence, has denied that Iran supplied Russia with ballistic missiles.

Source: Budanov in a comment to We Are Ukraine TV channel, on the sidelines of Ukraine. Year 2024 forum; European Pravda

Quote: "[There are] none. None of this is true," Budanov said, answering a question about media reports on ballistic missiles supplied by Iran to Russia.

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Budanov stated that several such missiles were supplied to Russia by North Korea. "However, this is also not true when it comes to large-scale applications," Budanov concluded.

Reuters reported, citing its sources, that Iran has already sent several batches of its surface-to-surface ballistic missiles to Russia since the beginning of 2024 under agreements to deepen cooperation between the two countries.

Iran's Permanent Mission to the United Nations denied media reports that it has supplied Russia with ballistic missiles that could be used to wage a full-scale war against Ukraine.

The United States has not officially confirmed this information, but it did announce additional sanctions against Iran for supporting the Russian aggression.

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