World Russia has launched an Iranian satellite, the West fears use of Ukraine

13:40  09 august  2022
13:40  09 august  2022 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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La Russie a lancé un satellite iranien © Figaro Live Russia launched an Iranian satellite

Russia launched Tuesday from Kazakhstan an Iranian Satellite Observation on Foundation of concerns, some Western officials fearing that Moscow would use it to support his offensive in Ukraine, which Tehran refutes.

The Khayyam remote sensing satellite was launched by a Soyuz rocket from the Russian cosmodrome in Baikonour at 07:52, according to images broadcast live by the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

Military objectives

This satellite, appointed in honor of the poet and Persian scholar Omar Khayyam (1048-1131), is in particular to " monitor the borders of country ", to improve agricultural productivity, to control the water resources and natural disasters, according to the Iranian space agency. For the United States, the Iranian space program is intended for more than commercial military purposes, while Tehran maintains that its aerospace activities are peaceful and in accordance with a resolution of the UN Security Council.

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This time, the Iranian authorities, however, had to defend themselves from different type charges, after the American daily The Washington Post reported that Russia "

Considers to use the satellite for several months

”as part of its offensive in Ukraine before giving in to Iran. " All orders related to the control and operation of this satellite will be issued from the first day and immediately after the launch by Iranian experts based at the Iranian Ministry of Communications ," the Iranian space agency said on Sunday in a communicated. "False" accusations " No third-third country can access data " sent by the satellite via an "

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", she said, denouncing " false " claims of the newspaper American. In October 2005, Russia had already launched the first Iranian satellite, Sina-1, from the Cosmodrome de Plessetsk (north-west of Russia). The launch of Khayyam will take place three weeks after a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Iran where he met his counterpart Ebrahim Raïssi and the supreme guide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on July 19. The latter had called to strengthen " long -term cooperation " with Russia. In June 2021, the Russian president had refuted information from the Washington Post claiming that Moscow was preparing to provide a satellite sophisticated to Iran to improve his espionage capacities. The Guardians of the Revolution, Iran's ideological army, announced in March the orbit of a new military recognition satellite called Nour-2, after the launch of the first, Nour-1, in April 2020.

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The launch of the Khayyam satellite also intervenes at The moment when Iranian nuclear negotiations bringing together Iran, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany resumed in Vienna, after a blockage of several months, in order to save the 2015 agreement The pact known under its English acronym JCPOA aims to guarantee the civil character of the Iranian nuclear program, accused of seeking to acquire the atomic weapon despite its denial. But following the unilateral withdrawal in 2018 of the United States under the leadership of Donald Trump and the restoration of American sanctions, Tehran gradually freed himself from his obligations.

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