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Iran, Belarus sign defense MOU as they explore cooperation on drones

Belarus may start playing a bigger role in Russia’s use of Iranian drones in the war on Ukraine.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (L) meets Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi in Tehran on March 13, 2023.

Iran and Belarus signed a defense agreement on Monday, furthering cooperation between the two countries that now involves Shahed drones production that Russia has deployed in its war in Ukraine.

Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Ashtiani signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with his Belarusian counterpart, Gen. Viktor Gennadievich Khrenin, during a meeting in Tehran. The two also discussed the war on Ukraine, among other matters, Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

“Belarus holds a special place in Iran’s foreign policy,” said Ashtiani.

The Belarusian Ministry of Defense also confirmed the news on social media.

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