West Failed To Recognize Iranian Threat Until It Reached Its Backyard | THE MEDIA LINE

West Failed To Recognize Iranian Threat Until It Reached Its Backyard, Experts Say

Article by MAYA MARGIT quoting Avi Melamed’s insights & warnings about “How the West Failed To Recognize Iranian Threat Until It Reached Its Backyard” | in THE MEDIA LINE.

“If you don’t deal with a small problem then you’re going to have to deal with a big problem,” Melamed said.

“The balance of power in the Middle East has changed already in the sense that the Iranians have advanced military capacities when it comes to drones and other things,” Melamed said. “The world was looking the other way. Now that the war is at the West’s back door it’s a different story.”

“It was not addressed as seriously as it should have been back then by the West, as part of the negotiations over the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action),” he said, using the official name of the now-defunct nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers. “So, it is not surprising that you see Iranian drones killing Ukrainian citizens in Europe.

[…] Military cooperation between Russia and Iran has been ongoing for years, but Western powers only took note once it reached Ukraine

Western powers failed to address the threat of Iranian drones for years until they were used to target civilians in Ukraine, according to regional experts.

The United States recently expressed alarm over what it called a “full-scale defense partnership” between Iran and Russia, calling it harmful to Ukraine, the Middle East and the entire world.

“Russia is seeking to collaborate with Iran on areas like weapons development and trade,” US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Friday. “As part of this collaboration, we are concerned that Russia intends to provide Iran with advanced military components.”

American officials told the Eurasian Times news site that Iranian pilots are in the midst of receiving training in Russia to operate SU-35 fighter jets, and that the Islamic Republic might be take possession of these aircraft as early as next year. […]

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