Iran’s UAVs join Russia’s war against Ukraine
Iran has become a significant supplier of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) to Russia for its war in Ukraine. Iran’s agreement to violate the unofficial arms embargo that the world imposes on Russia has political and military significance to Israel that may be reflected in limiting Israel’s freedom of action in Syria. In the short time since their introduction on Ukraine’s battlefields, the Iranian UAVs proved their lethality and the difficulty in defending against them. Undoubtedly, Iran’s armed forces will gain valuable lessons from the operation of its UAVs in a high-intensity war. Israel must follow the developments closely.
The Iranian Economy: Dying or Growing?
The Biden administration's significant contribution to the Iranian economy is due to the failure to enforce the sanctions as rigidly as it was during the Trump era. For example, Iran increased its oil exports during the Biden era and increased foreign trade volume.
The Ukraine War and Iran’s Strategy
The IRGC officers observe Ukraine's inability to inflict damage behind Russian lines. According to an IRGC official news release, the war in Ukraine highlights the significance of missiles for Iran because they can create what is referred to as a "balance of terror" and force the enemy to the negotiating table. The military purpose of the IRGC's nuclear program is no longer a secret. They cite Ukraine's decision to give up its nuclear weapons under US supervision as evidence that Iran must maintain its nuclear deterrent.
Who is Lobbying for Iranian interests in Russia? An Introductory Mapping of Key Players
A network of personalities and organizations in Russia can be said to be directly or indirectly promoting the interests of Iran in Russia in various fields. However, Russia and Iran are not allies and treat each other with considerable suspicion. This is a constraint for the Iranian lobbying effort.