Iran on Saturday again denied supplying Russia with weapons for use in the war in Ukraine, a country invaded by the Russian military.
Kyiv and its Western allies accuse Moscow of using Iranian-made drones in attacks on Ukraine in recent weeks. The subject is expected to be discussed Monday at a meeting of European Union (EU) foreign ministers in Luxembourg.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has denied the accusations and said that his country had “not supplied and will not supply any weapons intended for use in the war in Ukraine”, according to a press release from his ministry.
On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky affirmed that Dozens of attacks he said using Iranian missiles and drones had targeted Ukraine's energy infrastructure.
“We believe that the delivery of arms to each of the parties will prolong the war,” the Iranian minister said in a phone conversation Friday with his Portuguese counterpart Joao Gomes Cravinho, according to the statement.
During a separate meeting with the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, Mr. Amir-Abdollahian reiterated Iran's official position on the war in Ukraine.
“We cooperate with Russia in the field of defence. Regarding the war in Ukraine, our policy is not to send arms to the parties in conflict,” he said.
On September 23, Ukraine announced its decision to “reduce significantly” Iran's diplomatic presence in Kyiv, in retaliation for Tehran's drone deliveries to Moscow.
Iran has dismissed the move as “motivated by baseless information”.
In September, the United States imposed sanctions on an Iranian company involved in the delivery of drones to Russia.
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