Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, has arrived in Iran on an official visit.
Source: Interfax-Russia, citing the press service of the Security Council of the Russian Federation
Details: The Russian Security Council has said that Patrushev “will hold scheduled Russian-Iranian consultations on issues of security with experts of the security councils and representatives of a number of ministries and departments of the two countries.”
- The Institute for the Study of War believes that Iran likely announced Patrushev’s arrival to highlight the deepening cooperation between Moscow and Tehran for an international audience.
- The ISW has previously said that Iran is likely already exploiting Russian reliance on Iranian-made combat drones to request Russian assistance with its nuclear program.
- Sky News reported that a security source has claimed that Russia flew €140m in cash and a selection of captured UK and US weapons to Iran in return for dozens of drones for its war in Ukraine.