Russia has been cooperating militarily with Iran to prevent “takfiri ideology from spreading in Syria.” Alexander Rudakov, Moscow’s ambassador to Lebanon, said on LuaLua TV (Bahrain) on Oct. 18.

By takfiri, he means a Muslim who wrongly excommunicated a fellow Muslim, which is punishable by death according to Islamic law.

According to a report by MEMRI, he also stated that he has no issue with Russia employing Iranian-made drones or armaments and that these drones are not used against innocent targets.

“We have significant coordination with Iran in these military operations. I don’t see any problem, for example, in using drones, or any weapons [manufactured by Iran],” said the Russian ambassador.

Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that Israel has been providing Ukraine with “basic intelligence about Iranian drones” that Russia is deploying in its war against Ukraine.

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