The Biden administration has accused the Russian aerospace force and the Department of Defense of allegedly buying UAVs from Tehran
The United States announced it would impose sanctions on three Russian organizations for allegedly buying Iranian drones for Moscow’s ongoing military offensive in Ukraine.
During a press conference at the White House on Friday, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said sanctions would be put in place against the entities. “lead in the purchase and use of Iranian drones.” He named the Russian Aerospace Forces and the 924th State Unmanned Aviation Center of the Russian Defense Ministry as two of the organisations, but did not name a third.
Washington claimed Moscow had illegally purchased weapons and drones from Iran – in violation of sanctions imposed on Tehran – and presented that they were made in Russia. Kirby also alleged that Russia and Iran are in the process of setting up a joint production facility for unmanned aerial vehicles.
Kiev also asserts that the drones that are hitting targets across Ukraine are Iranian and contain mostly US-made parts and parts from several other countries, including Ukraine itself. .
Both Moscow and Tehran deny these allegations. Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in October that his country has “do not send, nor will they send, any weapons to Russia for use in the Ukraine war,” explains that Iranian officials believe the conflict should be resolved peacefully.
However, he acknowledged that Iran had at one time supplied drones to Russia, but clarified that this had been done in the past. “small quantity” and “months” before the conflict in Ukraine began.
Amir-Abdollahian also criticized the West for pumping weapons into Kiev, which he said was only intended to prolong the conflict.
Meanwhile, Moscow has repeatedly stated that all weapons used by the Russian military in Ukraine come from domestic stockpiles, while condemning the US and its allies, accusing them of initiating the conflict. conflict by providing too much military aid to Kiev.
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