Tehran: Kyiv failed to provide evidence of Russian use of Iranian drones

Ukraine (, - During the meeting at the expert level, Kyiv did not provide Tehran with evidence of the use of Iranian drones by Russia. This was stated on Monday by the Minister of Defense and Logistics of the Iranian Armed Forces, Mohammad Reza Ashtiani.

“At the [joint] technical meeting, the Ukrainian side did not present any documents confirming the use of Iranian drones by Russia,” the Iranian IRNA agency quoted the minister as saying.

According to the head of the Ministry of Defense of the Islamic Republic, the issue of providing relevant documents by Ukraine "was postponed until the next meeting." Mohammad Reza Ashtiani also added that his country has been cooperating with Russia in the military sphere for a “long time”, but “this has nothing to do with the statements about the use of Iranian drones during military operations in Ukraine.”

In August, The Washington Post published an article alleging that Iran was supplying its drones to Russia. Subsequently, similar statements were made by representatives of the American administration. Moscow and Tehran have repeatedly denied these claims. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov called such reports a stuffing and stressed that the Russian army uses domestically produced drones.

In turn, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, in a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Kuleba on October 28, again denied the information about the transfer of drones by Iran to the Russian side, emphasizing Tehran's readiness to hold joint meetings with the participation of military experts to discuss these accusations. According to Abdollahian, which was circulated by the press service of the Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic, Tehran's position regarding the events in Ukraine is based on the principle of refusing to send weapons to the conflicting parties.

Tehran: Kyiv failed to provide evidence of Russian use of Iranian drones