Tehran denies supplying Moscow with drones used against Ukraine
It doesn’t matter if Ukraine claims to regularly shoot down Iranian Shahed-136 drones renamed Geran-2 by the Russian army. Tehran again denied on Saturday supplying Russia with weapons for use against Ukraine. kyiv and its Western allies accuse Moscow of using Iranian-made drones in recent attacks on Ukraine. On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said dozens of attacks he said using Iranian missiles and drones had targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
In a press release from his ministry, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the head of Iranian diplomacy affirms that his country has not “not supplied and will not supply any weapons intended for use in the war in Ukraine”.
“We believe that the delivery of arms to each of the parties will prolong the war”said the Iranian minister during a telephone conversation on Friday with his Portuguese counterpart, Joao Gomes Cravinho.
During a separate meeting with the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, Mr. Amir-Abdollahian reiterated Iran’s official position on the war in Ukraine. “We cooperate with Russia in the field of defence. Regarding the war in Ukraine, our policy is not to send arms to the parties in conflict”did he declare.
On September 23, Ukraine announced its decision to “significantly reduce” Iran’s diplomatic presence in kyiv, in retaliation for drone deliveries from Tehran to Moscow. Iran rejected this decision considered as “motivated by baseless information”.
In September, the United States imposed sanctions on an Iranian company involved in the delivery of drones to Russia. The subject of Iranian drones should be discussed on Monday at a meeting of European Union (EU) foreign ministers in Luxembourg.