Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that shortly before the start of the Russian war against Ukraine, Iran handed over "a small number" of Shaheds to Russia. According to the minister, Iran was not intended to destroy Ukraine's civilian infrastructure. Iran also insists that the state is not currently transferring drones to Russia.
"Regarding drones, it's true, and we provided Russia with a small number of drones a few months before the war in Ukraine," Hossein Amir-Aabdollahian.
"This hype raised by some Western countries that Iran has provided Russia with missiles and drones to help in the war in Ukraine — the missile part is absolutely wrong," the minister added.
In October, Reuters, citing a pair of high-ranking Iranian officials, published data on the transfer of surface-to-surface missiles to Russia in a batch with drones.
We remind you that earlier, Iran expressed a desire to help Ukraine investigate the sources and routes of deliveries of drones to Russia. Now, Amir-Abdollahian, in an interview with the Iranian media IRNA, said that the Ukrainian side did not appear at the planned debate on the supply of weapons that massively kill Ukrainian civilians.
"We agreed with the minister of foreign affairs of Ukraine to provide us with the documents they have that Russia used Iranian drones in Ukraine."
Ukraine calls Iran an accomplice in Russian war crimes and revoked the accreditation of the Iranian ambassador. In response, Iran said that Ukraine's decision was unreasonable. But despite this statement by the accomplice, European countries and the United States are to take sanctions against Iran.