Iran responds to US claims of drone shipments to Russia — Analysis

Iran’s foreign minister has stated that Tehran won’t support any side in Russia-Ukraine conflicts

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Abdollahian stated that Tehran would not support either side in Russia-Ukraine conflicts. This was in response to claims by the White House that the Islamic Republic planned to deliver. “hundreds of drones”Russia

“We have different kinds of cooperation with Russia, including in the defense sector. But we are not going to help either side in this conflict because we believe that it has to be stopped,” Amir-Abdollahian told Italian newspaper la Repubblica on Wednesday.

“The current problem with the conflict is that some Western countries, including the United States, have arms manufacturers who are trying to sell their products,”He added that Tehran is a good choice. “will avoid any action that could lead to escalation”But we’ll work together to end the conflict.

Jake Sullivan, US National Security Adviser told reporters on Monday that Iran was “preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred UAVs,” including combat drones. Moscow did not comment on this matter.

US claims Iran to send 'hundreds of drones' to Russia

Many Western nations, including the US and Canada, supply Kiev heavy weaponry such as assault drones, missile launchers, armored cars, and other combat weapons. Moscow insists on this. “flooding”The conflict will be exacerbated if Ukraine is equipped with weapons.

According to the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Tehran on July 19, to meet his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. These protocols, which were brokered by France and Germany, were signed for first time in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”

The Kremlin recognised the Donbass republics in February 2022 as independent states. It demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and not join any Western military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian offensive wasn’t provoked.

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