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

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

Tehran, Iran – Iran for the first time confirmed that it sold drones to Russia, but said that this happened “months” before the start of the war in Ukraine.

Speaking to reporters after an event in Tehran on Saturday, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian addressed claims by Western officials that Iranian drones were supplied to Moscow for its invasion, and that surface-to-surface missiles -surfaces can also be on the road.

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

Iranian officials had already said on numerous occasions that Tehran had “defense” cooperation with Russia, but had not provided the Kremlin with weapons “for the purpose of being used in the war in Ukraine.”

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Amirabdollahian said on Saturday that Iran does not support any part in the war and is ready to talk to Ukraine.

“We emphasized to Ukrainian officials that if there is evidence about the use of Iranian drones in the war in Ukraine by Russia, they must present 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 fighter drones shot down by Ukrainian air defenses exceeds the “few” drones cited 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.

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Earlier in the day, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry warned Iran of “consequences” for supporting Moscow.

“Tehran should understand that the consequences of complicity in the crimes of aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine will be much greater than the benefit of Russia’s support,” the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Oleg Nikolenko wrote on Facebook.

“We will not be indifferent”

According to the diplomat, an Iranian political and military delegation traveled to an unnamed European country two weeks ago to hold a meeting with their Ukrainian counterparts, but they refused to participate “at the 11th hour” due to pressure from the United States and Europe. , especially in Germany.

“They had told the Ukrainian side that we want to sanction Iran for the drone issue, and now they want to participate in a meeting with Iranians in Europe and drink coffee with them,” he said.

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

The United States 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 used in the war were manufactured in Russia, and warned the United Nations against investigating its use of drones in Ukraine.

Iran has also denounced Western efforts to use UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which upholds its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, to prompt the UN to investigate the issue.

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