Iran admits sending drones to Russia, but Kyiv says Tehran is still lying
“If Iran continues to lie about the obvious, it means the world will make even more efforts to investigate the terrorist cooperation between the Russian and Iranian regimes and what Russia pays Iran for such co-operation,” he said.
Separately, US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley tweeted it was untrue that Iran had sent a few drones.
“They transferred dozens just this summer and have military personnel in occupied Ukraine helping Russia use them,” he said.
Zelensky, who has repeatedly pressed allies to provide more defences against aircraft and missiles, said he expected “good news” in coming weeks but gave no details. Kyiv, he added, would next week launch a fund-raising campaign to buy marine drones.
Last month, two senior Iranian officials and two Iranian diplomats said Iran had promised to provide Russia with surface-to-surface missiles, in addition to more drones.
IRNA quoted Amirabdollahian as saying Tehran and Kyiv had agreed to discuss allegations about the use of Iranian drones but the Ukrainians did not show up for talks.
In a response on Facebook, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko said Amirabdollahian was spreading “insinuations about an alleged refusal by the Ukrainian side”.
Amirabdollahian repeated Tehran would “not remain indifferent” if it were proven Russia had used Iranian drones against Ukraine.