Iran admits sending drones to Russia for the first time – Times of India


DUBAI: Iran’s foreign minister acknowledged for the first time on Saturday that his country supplied Russia with drones, stressing that the transfer took place before Moscow’s war against Ukraine, which involved bombing the Iranian-made drones Kiev.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian’s comments come after months of confusing reports from Iran about arms supplies as Russia sends the drones that smash into Ukraine’s energy infrastructure and civilian targets.
“We gave a limited number of drones to Russia months before the war in Ukraine,” Amirabdollahian told reporters after a meeting in Tehran.
Earlier, Iranian officials had denied having armed Russia in its war against Ukraine. Just earlier this week, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, Amir Saeid Iravani, called the allegations “totally baseless” and reiterated Iran’s neutrality in the war. Security Council have called on Secretary General Antonio Guterres to investigate whether Russia has used Iranian drones to attack civilians in Ukraine.
Yet Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has vaguely boasted of supplying drones to the world’s top powers. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has praised the effectiveness of the drones and mocked Western hand-wringing over their danger. On Friday, during state-sponsored demonstrations to mark the takeover of the U.S. embassy in 1979, crowds waved signs from the triangular drones as a point of national pride.
While acknowledging the shipment, Amirabdollahian claimed on Saturday that Iran was unaware of the use of its drones in Ukraine. He said Iran remains committed to ending the conflict.
“If (Ukraine) has documents in their possession that Russia has used Iranian drones in Ukraine, they should provide them to us,” he said. “If it is proved to us that Russia has used Iranian drones in the war against Ukraine, we will not be indifferent to this issue.”

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