France, USA and GB will discuss the supposed transfers of drones from Iran to Russia at the UN – diplomats – 10/18/2022 at 23:45

by Michelle Nichols and Arshad Mohammed

NEW YORK, Oct 18 (Reuters) – France, the United States and Britain plan to raise alleged arms transfers from Iran to Russia at a closed Security Council meeting of the United Nations on Wednesday, we learned from diplomats, while, for Ukraine, obtaining drones by Russia violates the resolution of the council having ratified the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.

Diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity report that these three countries, which also consider such deliveries to violate Resolution 2.231, have informed their Security Council counterparts of their willingness to ask a UN representative to brief them on the issue.

For its part, Ukraine has invited UN experts to come and inspect what it presents as drones of Iranian origin shot down on its soil during attacks led by Russia, according to a letter seen on Tuesday by Reuters .

Russia is stepping up attacks using “kamikaze” drones against Ukraine, targeting the country’s energy infrastructure in particular.

Ukraine claims they are Shahed-136, Iranian-designed drones.

Tehran denies delivering drones to Moscow. The Kremlin has not spoken on the subject. The United States calls the Iranian denial a lie.

In a letter dated October 14 and distributed to members of the Security Council on Tuesday, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations claims that Shahed and Mohajer type drones have been transferred to Russia, which constitutes, according to Kyiv and its Western supporters, a violation of resolution 2.231 that endorsed the 2015 agreement between Iran and the major powers on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Under that resolution, a conventional arms embargo on Iran was to remain in effect until October 2020. Despite efforts by Washington under President Donald Trump, who pulled the United States out of agreement in 2018, the Security Council refused to extend this embargo, authorizing Iran to resume its arms exports.

However, Ukraine agrees with the United States that the resolution still contains restrictions until October 2023 on missiles and related technologies that could cover exports and purchases of advanced military systems such as drones.

(Report Michelle Nichols in New York and Arshad Mohammed in Washington, French version Bertrand Boucey)


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