Tehran says it has lost patience with Ukraine’s president’s “baseless” claims
Iran has not exported any military equipment for use in the conflict in Ukraine and will not tolerate such false accusations indefinitely, the Foreign Ministry in Tehran insisted on Thursday, to in response to the speech of the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky to the United States Congress.
“We emphasize again that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not exported any military equipment to any party for use in the Ukraine war,” he said. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said in a statement.
Noting that Iran always respects the territorial integrity of other countries, including Ukraine, Kanaani added, “Mr. Zelensky should realize that Iran’s strategic patience will not be limitless over baseless accusations.”
Addressing US lawmakers on Wednesday night, Zelensky accused Tehran of being Moscow’s partner in the “policy of genocide.”
“Hundreds of deadly Iranian drones sent to Russia have become a threat to our critical infrastructure. That’s how one terrorist found another.” he say.
Ukraine and the US have accused Iran of supplying Russia with drones, claiming that Moscow’s Geran-2 drone is in fact an Iranian-made Shahed-136 UAV. This week, Tehran noted that Kiev has failed to present any evidence to support that up. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that all weapons used by the Russian military in Ukraine come from domestic stockpiles.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian explain in November that Tehran provided a “small number of drones” to Moscow “last month” current conflict in Ukraine. He also has criticize Washington for transferring billions of dollars worth of weapons and ammunition to Kiev, prolonging the conflict.
In his statement on Thursday, Kanaani advised Zelensky to “better learn from the fate of some leaders of countries that rely on support from the United States.”
The president of Ukraine is in Washington campaigning to buy more weapons to sustain his war effort. US President Joe Biden used the visit to announce more than $2.2 billion in additional aid.
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