Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Amir Saeid Iravani, denied on Wednesday that his country had supplied Russia with drones intended for Ukraine.
Speaking to reporters after a closed meeting of the UN Security Council, Iravani claimed Western countries were waging a campaign of disinformation against Iran, saying Tehran would not violate a Security Council resolution by sending drones to Russia.
“Iran firmly believes that none of its arms exports, including drones [unmanned aerial vehicles]to any country falling under paragraph four of Annex B of Resolution 2231,” Iravani said, referring to UN Security Council Resolution 2231 which restricts certain arms transfers to or from the United States. Iran.
Ukrainian authorities say Russia has used Iran-supplied drones in strikes against Kyiv and other cities in recent weeks.
Russia’s denial: Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s first deputy permanent representative to the UN, told reporters at a press conference after the Security Council meeting that all drones used against Ukraine are Russian – not Iranian – calling claims to the contrary the West’s “disinformation campaign”.
The US, UK and France have called for a UN Security Council briefing “on recent evidence that Russia has illegally procured Iranian drones for use in its war against Iran.” ‘Ukraine,” said Nate Evans, spokesman for the US mission to the UN. in a statement after Wednesday’s meeting.
Polyanskiy, however, said the UN Secretariat “has no mandate to investigate anything regarding UN Security Council Resolution 2231.”
A bit of context: Drones have played an important role in the conflict since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in late February, but their use has increased since the summer when the United States and Kyiv said Moscow had acquired Shahed-136 “kamikaze” drones from Iran.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Wednesday that the United States had “abundant evidence” that Russia was using Iranian drones to strike Ukraine.