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Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied a US media report that insinuated that his country has concluded plans to deliver an advanced satellite system to Iran that will vastly improve its spying capabilities.
A publication by the Washington Post on Thursday alleged that Moscow is preparing to give Iran a Kanopus-V satellite with a high-resolution camera, allowing Islamic republic to monitor the facilities of its adversaries across the Middle East.
However, Putin, who is expected to hear a range of complaints from US President Joe Biden when they meet Wednesday in Geneva, dismissed the report as “garbage.’
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‘We have cooperation plans with Iran, including the military and technical cooperation,‘ he told reporters in an interview ahead of the summit.
‘It’s just fake news. At the very least, I don’t know anything about this kind of thing, those who are speaking about it probably will maybe know more about it. It’s just nonsense, garbage.’
Africa Daily News, New York reports that Biden, who is on his first foreign tour since entering the White House, is expected to raise a slew of complaints with Putin including over election interference and hacking purportedly linked to Russia.
The Washington Post, quoting current and former US and Middle Eastern officials, said the launch of the satellite could happen within months, and is the result of multiple trips to Russia by leaders of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.
The satellite, while not of US capabilities, could allow the monitoring of Israeli bases and the US troop presence in Iraq, the report said.
Iran has a tense relationship with many nations in the region including Israel, raising fears by its adversaries it could share imagery with proxies in Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK