G7 warns Iran over missile shipments to Russia

Iranian Zolfaghar missiles at the stand in 2017
Iranian Zolfaghar missiles at the stand in 2017

G7 countries have warned Tehran against supplying ballistic missiles to Moscow, threatening Iran with repercussions if it continues to enable Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The corresponding joint statement was published on the European Council's website on March 15.

"Were Iran to proceed with providing ballistic missiles or related technology to Russia, we are prepared to respond swiftly and in a coordinated manner including with new and significant measures against Iran," the statement reads.

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The G7 countries added that they are deeply concerned by reports that Iran is once again considering the transfer of ballistic missiles to Russia.

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"We call on Iran not to do so, as it would add to regional destabilization and represent a substantive material escalation in its support for Russia’s war in Ukraine — an aggression which constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and the UN Charter," the document said.

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On Nov. 21, 2023, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing U.S. officials, that according to U.S. assessments, Iran is preparing to supply Russia with short-range ballistic missiles.

On Feb. 25, Ukrainian Defense Intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said Iran has not provided Russia with ballistic missiles yet.

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