Iran’s Foreign Minister HosseinAmir-Abdullahian admitted for the first time on November 5, 2022, that his country supplied Russia with drones, insisting that the transfer took place before Russia’s war against Ukraine.
The Iranian foreign minister’s comments came after months of confusing reports from Tehran about the arms supply, while Russia used Iranian drones to strike Ukrainian energy infrastructure and civilian targets.
“We gave a limited number of drones to Russia months before the Ukraine war,” the Iranian Foreign Minister told reporters after a meeting in Tehran, adding that Iran “remained committed to stopping the conflict.”
Previously, Iranian officials denied providing weapons to Russia. Just earlier this week, Iran’s UN representative, Amir Saeed Iravani, called the accusations “absolutely baseless” and reaffirmed Iran’s position of neutrality in the war.
The United States and its Western allies on the Security Council called on the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to launch an investigation into whether Russia used Iranian drones to attack civilians in Ukraine.
Russia’s dependence on the supply of Iranian weapons is growing. According to experts, in addition to kamikaze drones, Iran will soon hand over to Russia high-precision ballistic missiles for strikes on the territory of Ukraine.