The Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, has admitted for the first time that his country has donated drones to Russia, but insisted that this transfer was made before Russia’s war in Ukraine started at the end of February.
With these Iranian drones, Russia has been attacking Ukrainian cities for several weeks now.
The Iranian minister’s comments came after several months of confusing messages from Iran regarding the supply of arms to Russia.
“We gave Russia a limited number of drones before the war in Ukraine started,” Amirabdollahian told reporters after a meeting in Tehran.
Days ago, Iranian officials rejected Russia’s arming for the war in Ukraine.
Earlier this week, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Amir Saeid Iravani, dismissed suspicions about the weapons as “totally unfounded” and reiterated Iran’s position of neutrality in the war.
The United States and Western allies have asked United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to investigate whether Russia used Iranian drones to attack civilians in Ukraine.
Despite acknowledging the shipment to Russia, Iran’s minister said on Saturday that his country was not aware of the use of its drones in the war in Ukraine.
According to him, Iran is committed to stopping the conflict.
“If Ukraine has documents proving that Russia has used Iranian drones in Ukraine, then it should inform us,” he said.
“If it is proven to us that Russia has used Iranian drones in the war against Ukraine, we will not remain indifferent in this matter.”
The war in Ukraine started on February 24.
Russian President Vladimir Putin considers the war a “special military operation” to demilitarize Ukraine.
The West has responded to Russia, hitting the economy of this country with harsh sanctions.
As a result of the war, thousands of people have died and millions more have been displaced from their homes.