Israel shared its intelligence data on the Iranian combat drones to Western countries to stop their supply to Russia.
On October 20, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel sent a secret telegram to several dozen Israeli embassies containing a signal to start raising the issue of the Iranian drones and missile supplies to the Russian Federation.
The agency then sent an intelligence report detailing how Iran supplies the Russian military with weapons that are used in the war against Ukraine.
Israeli ambassador handed over the report to NATO
After that, Israeli diplomats raised this issue in several countries and passed on intelligence to local governments. Israel’s ambassador to NATO handed over the report to the deputy secretary-general of the North Atlantic alliance, while another high-ranking diplomat went to Brussels to hold several meetings on the issue at the headquarters of the European Union and the European Parliament.
In Moscow, the ambassador of Israel raised the issue before the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and conveyed the concerns of Tel Aviv. Now the Israeli government wants to go further and organize an international conference on the proliferation of Iranian drones.
Israel hopes to increase international pressure on Iran
According to Axios sources, some Israeli officials hope to use the topic of Iranian military aid to the Russian Federation to increase international pressure on Tehran.
Trying to avoid condemnation and new sanctions, Iran stated that it supplied its combat drones to Russia, but the supply was carried out even before the start of the full-scale invasion of the Russian army into Ukraine.
Previously, we also have reported that Iran plans to send more than 200 of its drones to Russia, including Arash-2. They can carry five times more explosives than Geran-2.
Why Iranian version is implausible?
Despite the Iranian declaration, the chronology of the events on the battlefield does not seem to support this version. Russia only started using Iranian attack drones in the war in September. Why then didn’t Moscow employ drones before while losing battles in the war if it had it? The Iranian declaration seems to be a very awkward attempt to find a justification for this wrongdoing knowing that it cannot deny anymore that Russia obtained its drones.
EU adopted sanctions against Iran for drones supply to Russia
The European Union adopted new sanctions against Iran for combat drone delivery to Russia, as these drones are used in the war against Ukraine to destroy civilian and energy infrastructure.
Iranian advisors spotted in the war
Furthermore, Iran sent its military advisors to instruct Russian troops on how to use its combat drones, according to Ukrainian intelligence. Kyiv stated that the Iranian government also intends to send a new group of advisors to Russia to train Russian troops in the use of Iranian surface-to-surface missiles and a brand-new class of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), called the “Arash-2.” Their deliveries are expected to start soon.
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A group of advisers from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps also left Iran for Dzhankoy, in the occupied Crimea, where they will instruct the Russian invading troops on how to utilize “Shahed-136” and “Mohajer-6” drones to strike Ukrainian cities.
Using Iranian-made drones Russia destroyed important parts of the energy infrastructure of Ukraine.