Security expert Christian Mölling believes it is possible that the Ukraine conflict could be extended to include delivery routes for Iranian weapons systems. Mölling said on Tuesday in the stern podcast "Ukraine – the situation" that Russia was desperately looking for ways to procure new missiles and drones, for example in Iran or North Korea. There are indications that this can also succeed. Regarding the consequences, the research director of the German Society for Foreign Relations said: "But the question is also whether this might lead to a further internationalization of the war, because other states say we will try to prevent it - possibly also by launching a legitimate attack on Iran." Such an attack will certainly not be carried out by NATO.
"I can imagine that Israel might adopt this," said Mölling. He pointed out that the drones could be brought from Iran to Russia via the Caspian Sea - and that commando operations are conceivable on the way there to stop them. In addition to Israel, Ukraine itself is also a possible actor, which apparently has underwater drones.
Mölling assumed that Russia would do everything possible to continue the attacks on Ukraine's infrastructure. Apparently, however, this is not easy. "If we already have the news that they are unscrewing the warheads from missiles that can actually be armed with nuclear weapons and sending them off empty to overload the Ukrainian air defense system, then that shows that there aren't that many options left," he said. explained the expert. Possibly the Russians would choose their targets more carefully to save on missiles. For example, they could take action against systems that had just been repaired. "As long as Russia can, it will continue to try to destroy the infrastructure," the political scientist expects.
"It's a dramatic situation," he said. "The humanitarian catastrophe we are heading towards is real." Mölling expects that this will force more people to flee uninhabitable areas. At the same time, supporting Ukraine in maintaining the supply of electricity, water and heating is not easy. Thus, large quantities of generators and other equipment now needed would not be kept in the western states. It is also dangerous for the technicians to install the existing material in the Ukraine. "There is a big challenge."