Iran admits to having previously sent drones to Russia

Iran admits to having previously sent drones to Russia
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Iran has admitted to having supplied Russia with drones, but claims to have done so months before the country chose to invade and wage war in Ukraine.

At the end of October, the EU's 27 Member States agreed to impose sanctions on Iran after finding them guilty of arming Russia with drones. On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian finally responded to the accusations on behalf of the Iranian Government.

He told Iran's IRNA news agency that “the drone part is true and we provided Russia a small number of drones months before the war in Ukraine," but denied that they were continuing to supply drones to Moscow.

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Amirabdollahian further claimed that his administration had agreed with Ukraine to review any evidence "that Russia used Iranian drones in Ukraine” but stated that the meeting had been cancelled by Ukrainian officials "due to pressure from the United States and some European countries, in particular Germany.”

He concluded his statement by repeating that Iran would “not remain indifferent” if it were proven that Russia had used Iranian drones in the war against Ukraine.

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