Western security officials claimed that Russia would use against Ukraine the new satellite it will launch on behalf of Iran.
Reports said that Russia told Tehran it would first use the Kanopus-V system, called “Khayyam,” to boost its surveillance capabilities and aid in targeting military forces in Ukraine.
The Khayyam satellite, which Russia has agreed to build and launch, will include a high-resolution camera.
Russian space agency, Roscosmos, said the satellite launch set for August 9 would place “remote sensing equipment into orbit” at the Islamic Republic of Iran’s request.
Some Israeli officials expressed concerns over the new satellite, saying Iran could use it to pass data, such as photos, to Hezbollah and Hamas.
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