Ukraine has not provided any evidence proving the use of Iranian drones by Russian forces, the Iranian defense minister said.
Ukrainian officials have presented no evidence to suggest that Iranian drones have been used by Russia in the ongoing conflict between Kiev and Moscow, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani said on Monday. His remarks came after a meeting between Ukrainian and Iranian specialists.
“The Ukrainian side did not present any evidence of Russia’s use of Iranian drones in the war with that nation at the technical meeting,” he added. the minister told several Iranian news agencies. According to Ashtiani, Ukrainian officials then committed to presenting such evidence at the next meeting.
According to the general, allegations that Russian forces used Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in their campaign in Ukraine are based on “Unsubstantiated statements and rumors.” Ashtiani admitted that Moscow and Tehran had a long history of military cooperation, but this was in no way related to the alleged use of Iranian drones in the conflict.
His words came as the EU considered a new batch of sanctions against Tehran, both for its response to mass protests inside Iran and for alleged arms supplies to Russia.
Speculation that Tehran is supplying drones to Moscow has surfaced in recent months after Russia began actively using suicide drones during its military offensive in Ukraine. kyiv and Western media have claimed that the Russian Geran-2 drones are in fact Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones.
Moscow and Tehran have repeatedly denied that Iranian drones are used in the conflict in Ukraine. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, however, confirmed that Tehran had provided a “small number of drones” in Moscow months before the conflict in Ukraine broke out.
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