Iran confirms drones to Russia but ‘months’ before Ukraine war | Russia-Ukraine war News


Tehran says it “will not be indifferent” if it is proven that Russia has used its unmanned aerial vehicles in the conflict in Ukraine.

Tehran, Iran – Iran first confirmed it had sold drones to Russia, but said it happened “months” before the war started in Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian spoke to reporters after an event in Tehran on Saturday, addressing claims by Western officials that Iranian drones have been delivered to Moscow for its invasion, and that surface-to-surface missiles may also be en route.

“Their comments about the missile part are completely wrong, and the drone part is correct. We gave a limited number of drones to Russia months before the war in Ukraine,” Amirabdollahian said.

Iranian officials had previously said on numerous occasions that Tehran had “defense” cooperation with Russia, but had not supplied the Kremlin with weapons “for use in the war in Ukraine”.

Amirabdollahian reiterated on Saturday that Iran has not been a supporter of either side in the war and is ready to talk to Ukraine.

“We have emphasized to Ukrainian officials that if there is evidence of the use of Iranian drones in the war in Ukraine by Russia, they should provide it to us,” he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday accused Iranian officials of lying.

“Even with this confession, they are lying,” the Ukrainian leader said in his daily video message.

The number of Iranian combat drones shot down by Ukrainian air defenses exceeds the “few” drones mentioned by Iran, he said.

“And the more Tehran lies, the more the international community will understand this terrorist collaboration between the regimes in Russia and Iran,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Ukraine’s foreign ministry warned Iran of “consequences” for backing Moscow.

“Tehran must realize that the consequences of complicity in the crimes of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine will far outweigh the benefit of Russia’s support,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko wrote on Facebook.

‘We will not be indifferent’

According to the diplomat, an Iranian political and military delegation traveled to an undisclosed European country two weeks ago to meet with Ukrainian colleagues, but they refused to attend “at 11 a.m.” due to pressure from the United States. and Europe, especially Germany.

“They had told the Ukrainian side that we want to punish Iran for the issue of drones, and now you want to attend a meeting with the Iranians in Europe and drink coffee with them,” he said.

Amirabdollahian said Iran still expects Ukraine to present the evidence in the coming days and “if it is proved to us that Russia used Iranian drones in the war in Ukraine, we will not be indifferent.”

The US and the European Union have imposed sanctions on a number of Iranian entities and officials for selling drones to Russia, as Ukrainian officials have repeatedly condemned Tehran and cut diplomatic ties.

Moscow has said the unmanned aerial vehicles it has used in the war are Russian-made, and has warned the United Nations not to investigate the use of drones in Ukraine.

Iran has also denounced the West’s efforts to use UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which supports the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, to urge the UN to investigate the issue.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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