RPGs and anti-tank missiles, as well as Brazilian-made volley fire systems were sent to russia from Iraq.
Iran gives russia weapons for the war in Ukraine / photo REUTERS
Russia receives ammunition and military equipment from Iraq for military operations in Ukraine through Iranian arms smuggling networks.
This was reported by The Guardian, citing information from members of Iraqi fighters backed by Iran and regional intelligence services.
It is reported that RPGs and anti-tank missiles, as well as Brazilian-made volley fire systems were sent to Russia from Iraq after Moscow’s failed campaign in Ukraine in March.
According to a source who helped organize the transportation, the Tehran authorities also presented Moscow with an Iranian-made Bavarian 373 missile system similar to the Russian S-300.
The use of the criminal world of arms trafficking will signal a sharp change in Russia’s strategy, as Moscow is forced to rely on Iran, its military ally in Syria, following new sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine.
RPGs and anti-tank missiles owned by Hashd al-Shaabi, the most powerful Shiite group, were delivered to Iran through the Salamja border crossing on March 26, where they were received by the Iranian military and delivered to Russia by sea, said the commander of the group controlling the crossing .
According to the source, on April 1, Hashd al-Shaabi also dismantled and sent to parts of Iran two self-propelled multiple rocket launchers Astros II Brazilian development, known in Iraq as a licensed version of Sajil-60.
Three cargo ships capable of carrying such cargo, two under the Russian flag and one under the Iranian flag, crossed the Caspian Sea from the Iranian port of Bandar Anzali to Astrakhan.
As previously reported, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine stated that the Russians are setting up a channel for smuggling sanctioned goods, including military, through the territory of Georgia with the consent of the country’s political leadership.
Georgia says it is not helping Russia circumvent sanctions.