Iran has clarified its stance that it has not supplied weapons to Russia, as stated by its foreign ministry on Saturday.
Tehran: Iran has clarified its stance that it has not supplied weapons to Russia, as stated by its foreign ministry on Saturday.
However, Kyiv and several of its Western allies have blamed Moscow for using Iranian-made drones in attacks on Ukraine in recent times. The issue will be tabled at the European Union foreign ministers’ meeting to be held in Luxembourg on Monday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not given any weapons to Russia to use against Ukraine. The foreign ministry said in a statement
In a telephonic talk with his Portuguese counterpart, Joao Gomes Cravinho, the Iranian foreign minister said, “We feel that the providing of arms and ammunition to any side would prolong the war.”
With reference to the crisis in Ukraine, he said, “We have defence cooperation with Russia, but our policy is not to give weapons to the combatants, to end the displacement of people.”
The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, claimed on Monday that Russia used the Iranian drones while attacking energy infrastructures in several Ukrainian cities.
In response to alleged Iranian arms shipments to Russia, Kyiv opted to reduce its diplomatic relations with Tehran last month.
Iran claimed that the choice was “motivated by false information presented by misinformation from foreign media.”
In September, the United States slapped sanctions on a company it accused of helping deliver Iranian drones to Russia for use in Ukraine.