US reacts to Iran FM comments on drones shipped to Russia

Earlier in the day, Amirabdollahian said that Iran had supplied drones to Russia months before the Ukraine war began in February 2022.

The top Iranian diplomat also said that his country would “not remain indifferent” if it was proven that Russia had used the unmanned Iranian aircraft against Ukraine.

Malley claimed that Amirabdollahian’s comments were untrue that Iran had sent a few drones, according to Reuters.

“They transferred dozens just this summer and have military personnel in occupied Ukraine helping Russia use them,” he said.

Also commenting on the issue, Amirabdollahian said that Iran and Ukraine were due to hold talks two weeks ago “in a European country” in order for Kiev to present evidence for Russia’s use of Iranian drones in Ukraine.

An Iranian delegation went to that European country, but the Ukrainian side unfortunately did not show up, he added.

The Foreign Minister said that Ukraine did not attend the talks, because the US and certain European countries, especially Germany, had asked it to do so, arguing that they were planning sanctions against Iran over the issue.

After that, Amirabdollahian added, he and his Ukrainian counterpart last week agreed that Kiev would present evidence, if it has any, to assess the allegations.

“If it is proven that Russia has used Iranian drones against Ukraine in the war, we will not remain indifferent”, the top diplomat said, stressing that Iran wants an end to the Ukraine war and both sides to return to negotiations.


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