Julia Shvytkina
22 December 2022 20: 45
Headings: News Policy

Tehran's patience is not endless: Iran threatened Zelensky because of accusations of supplying "Shaheds" to Russia

The Iranian Foreign Ministry again denies that Russia is attacking Ukraine with the Shahed UAV.

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Tehran's patience is not endless: Iran threatened Zelensky over accusations of supplying Shaheds to Russia

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during his visit to the United States, speaking at a joint meeting of both houses of Congress, in fact He accused Iran in terrorism and called"an ally of the Russian Federation in the policy of genocide" against Ukraine.

“If Russia can’t reach our cities with artillery, it tries to destroy them with missiles. Moreover, Russia has found an ally in this policy of genocide. This is Iran. Iranian killer drones that are coming to Russia by the hundreds have become a threat to our critical infrastructure. finds another. And it's only a matter of time before they hit your other allies if we don't stop them now." - declared Zelensky.

Tehran reacted to the words of the President of Ukraine, threatening that "Iran's strategic patience is not endless" and advised "learn a lesson" out of fate "other political leaders who were content with US support."

In particular, about this said official representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Nasser Kanani. Diplomat condemned "repeated accusations and rude remarks" President of Ukraine and reiterated that "Iran has not supplied any military hardware to either side for use in the conflict in Ukraine."

"The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman also noted that Iran has always respected the territorial integrity of all countries, including Ukraine, and that Mr. Zelensky is better off knowing that Iran's strategic patience with such unfounded accusations is not endless. Kanaani also advised the Ukrainian president to learn from the fate of some other political leaders who were content with US support. - the message on the website of the Iranian diplomatic department says.

Recall that striking Ukraine's critical infrastructure Russia also uses unmanned aerial vehicles. In particular, the head of the Main Directorate of Ukrainian Intelligence Kirill Budanov in October stated that these were Iranian "Shahed" drones. According to him, each batch of drones that comes to Russia from Iran consists of 300 UAVs. In total, Budanov reported, Russia purchased from Iran about 1700 of all types of UAVs.

Russia denies that these are Iranian drones, claiming that they are Russian-made Geran UAVs. Iran also initially denied deliveries of drones to the Russian army. But on November 5, the Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian nevertheless admitted that his country still supplied Russia "a small amount of" kamikaze drones, but a few months before the start of the invasion of Ukraine.

US Special Representative for Iran Robert Malley считаетthat this statement by Tehran is not true. According to him, Iran transferred dozens of attack drones to Russia this summer.

That in early December, Russia received another batch of drones from Iran declared in the British Ministry of Defense

"These developments have yet to be confirmed, but it is likely that Russia has exhausted its previous stockpile of several hundred Shahed-131 and Shahed-136 drones and has now received replenishment. - the message said.

Just at this time inDrone attacks on Ukraine resumed, in particular, 6 декабря 2022 года The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported the downing of 17 drones, including 14 Shahed-136 drones, а 7 December Ukrainian officials reported the use of Iranian drones by Russia to destroy Zaporozhye and Dnepropetrovskblast

Last attack by kamikaze drones Kyiv region and Kyiv was early in the morning on December 14, authorities reported downing 13 drones, damaging one administrative building and 4 residential buildings. 

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