Iran on Thursday took a swing at Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy over feedback he made to Congress this week and denied accusations that Tehran has provided Russia with drones.
“Mr. Zelenskyy had higher know that Iran’s strategic persistence over such unfounded accusations shouldn’t be countless,” Iranian Overseas Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani mentioned in a threatening message posted to the ministry’s web site.
Kanaani additionally suggested Zelenskyy “to attract a lesson from the destiny of another political leaders who contented themselves with the US assist.”
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The spokesman’s feedback got here at some point after Zelenskky addressed the U.S. Congress in an enchantment for added assist – a plea geared toward GOP lawmakers who’re divided on whether or not offering assist to Kyiv is a matter of nationwide safety.
“When Russia can’t attain our cities by its artillery, it tries to destroy them with missile assaults,” he mentioned. “Greater than that, Russia discovered an ally in its genocidal coverage – Iran.
“Iranian lethal drones, despatched to Russia in tons of, turned a menace to our essential infrastructure,” he continued. “That’s how one terrorist has discovered the opposite. It’s only a matter of time – when they’ll strike towards your different allies, if we don’t cease them now.”
The White Home first disclosed Tehran’s plans to “present” Russia tons of of Shahed-136 drones earlier this yr and by August 1,000 Iranian-supplied drones had been shipped to Russia.
Iranian drones have since been closely used towards civilian targets in Ukraine as Russia appears to be like to starve the nation of its power sources.
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Kyiv, the U.S. and worldwide allies have accused and sanctioned Tehran over its arms assist for Moscow.
However Iran has denied offering Russia with drones regardless of claims from the U.S. State Division that there’s “plentiful proof” Russia is utilizing Iranian drones in Ukraine.
Iran has repeatedly denied these claims.
Experiences and feedback made by high protection officers counsel Iran and Russia are additionally increasing their “protection partnership” by serving to the Kremlin produce Iranian drones inside Russian borders.
The White Home additional accused Iran of being “straight engaged on the bottom” in Crimea.
Iran calls these accusations media manipulation and mentioned it has “at all times revered the territorial integrity of all nations, together with Ukraine.”
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In July, Iran’s supreme chief, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, backed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warfare in Ukraine and advised NATO would have began a warfare over Russia’s occupation of Crimea anyway, referring to it as a “harmful entity.”
“If you happen to had not taken the initiative, the opposite aspect would have finished so and initiated a warfare,” he mentioned based on an announcement from the Iranian chief’s workplace.