0134 GMT December 01, 2022
The United States and its European allies have in recent months accused Iran of providing Russia with drones to be used in the war in Ukraine, Press TV reported.
The anti-Iran claims first emerged in July, with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan alleging that Washington had received “information” indicating that the Islamic Republic was preparing to provide Russia with “up to several hundred drones, including weapons-capable UAVs on an expedited timeline” for use in the war in Ukraine.
Both Iran and Russia have in the past vehemently denied the allegations.
Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations, Amir Saeed Iravani, on Monday sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, President of the Security Council Michel Xavier Biang and Facilitator for the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015) Fergal Mythen regarding the allegations, saying the “resolution itself provides no legal basis for such an investigation.”
He emphasized that the restrictions specified in Resolution 2231 “officially terminated” on October 18, 2020, saying, “Since then, none of Iran’s ‘supply, sale, or transfer of arms or related material’ to other countries fall within Resolution 2231.”
Iravani further said any misuse of the functions described in Resolution 2231 for conducting the so-called “investigation” requested would be “illegal and in clear violation of the Secretariat’s mandate,” adding, “Furthermore, any findings resulting from such an illegal investigation would be null and void.”
He categorically rejected all accusations against Iran contained in the letters sent by the E3 – France, Germany, and Britain – and Northern Ireland to the president of the Security Council as well as those raised by its certain members and non-members.
Meanwhile, the anti-Iran allegations come while the United States and its European allies have since the onset of the conflict in Ukraine been providing Kyiv with an assortment of arms and weapons, fanning the flames of war in the ex-Soviet republic.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Monday that the country is ready to discuss Western countries’ allegations about exporting drones to Russia in a joint session with Ukrainian officials.
In response to Western countries’ claims about Iran selling drones and other military equipment to Russia to be used against Ukraine, he said, “We have not sold and will not sell any weapons and drones to be used in the war against Ukraine, and cooperation between Iran and Russia will continue without having anything to do with the Ukraine war.”