Russia and Ukraine: Ukraine’s president has accused Tehran of ‘lying’ after it announced it had supplied drones to Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Iran of “lying and cooperating with terrorism” for supporting Russia in its war against his country.
Zelenskyy said in a message via the Telegram application that Iran lies even if it admits it, and the 44-year-old president claimed that his country’s armed forces shoot down ten drones every day.
Iran had admitted supplying Russia with a “limited number” of drones, but continued to deny allegations that the planes were used in the Ukraine war.
Iranian state media quoted Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying that while Tehran supplied Moscow with weapons a few months before the conflict, there was no evidence that they were used (in the war).
This statement contradicts repeated US claims that the wreckage of Iran’s Shahed-136 drones was found in Ukraine, along with evidence that Iranian military personnel are helping Russia deploy them.
“We know for sure that Iranian trainers taught Russian terrorists how to use drones, and Tehran is generally silent about it,” Zelenskyy said.
He continued: “And if Iran continues to lie about the obvious, it means that the world will make more efforts to investigate terrorist cooperation between the Russian and Iranian regimes and what Russia is offering to Iran in exchange for such cooperation.” pays.”
“There will be no such thing in the modern world, that any terrorists or their accomplices go unpunished,” Zelenskyy added.
The European Union, United States and Britain have imposed sanctions on Iran for supplying drones to Russia, as the West believes Tehran has supplied Moscow with “kamikaze” drones.
In Iran’s most detailed response to the allegations to date, Amir Abdollahian denied that Tehran continues to supply Moscow with drones.
“The excitement of some Western countries that Iran is supplying missiles and drones to Russia to help in the war against Ukraine…the missile part is completely bogus,” he was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.
“The drone part is correct, and we provided a limited number of drones to Russia months before the Ukraine war,” he added.
In recent weeks, Ukraine has reported an increase in the use of drones in attacks on its civilian infrastructure, particularly attacks on power plants and dams.
Russia denies its forces used Iranian drones to attack Ukraine.
Last month, the Reuters news agency quoted four senior Iranian officials and diplomats as saying Tehran had promised to supply Russia with surface-to-surface missiles and other drones.
The official IRNA news agency quoted Amir Abdollahian as saying that Tehran and Kyiv agreed two weeks ago to discuss allegations about the use of Iranian drones in Ukraine, but Ukrainians did not attend the agreed meeting.
“We have agreed with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to present the documents in their possession, according to which Russia used Iranian drones in Ukraine,” Abdollahian said, but the Ukrainian delegation withdrew from the agreed meeting at the last minute.
Iran’s foreign minister reiterated that Tehran “will not remain indifferent” to proving that Russia used Iranian drones in the war against Ukraine.
Last month, the European Union approved new sanctions against Iran over its supply of drones to Russia. Britain also imposed sanctions on three Iranian military officials and a weapons manufacturer for providing drones to Russia to attack civilians and infrastructure targets in Ukraine.
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