Thus, Moscow is preparing to give Iran the Kanopus-V satellite with a high-resolution camera.
This will allow the Islamic Republic to monitor the facilities of its adversaries in the Middle East, the report said, citing current and former U.S. and Middle East officials.
Notably, the report came days before Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden at talks in Switzerland on June 16 as part of the American leader’s first overseas tour.
This could add to Washington’s long list of grievances before the talks, ranging from election interference to hacking operations linked to the Russian government.
Officials have said the satellite launch could take place within months and is the result of repeated trips to Russia by leaders of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard.
There are concerns that Iran will share such images with its proxies in Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, one official said, pointing to other concerns about Iran’s development of ballistic missiles and drones.
Russian instructors have also reportedly helped ground crews who will operate the satellite from a new site near the northern Iranian city of Karaj.
It is noted that the deal could allow Tehran to keep a closer eye on the Persian Gulf, Israeli bases and the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq.