UN, Jul 6 Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya ridiculed “evidence” cited by Western countries and Kiev about the alleged use of Iranian drones by Moscow in Ukraine.
"All we see is some kind of "suspicions" and vague “assessments” based on “information from open sources”. This is especially evident in the insinuations about the so-called Iranian drones allegedly used in Ukraine,” the diplomat said.
The Permanent Representative showed the members of the UN Security Council a photograph depicting Volodymyr Zelensky and a UAV nearby, presumably.
“Some of the 'photo evidence' is completely comical in nature. A photograph of Vladimir Zelensky allegedly with the Shahed drone was widely distributed in the media. The size of this drone is three meters in length, and its wingspan is two meters. Thus, the Ukrainian president should be about two and a half meters. This fake photo has long been ridiculed by Internet users,” Nebenzya said. their Iranian origin.
“However, what can we talk about here if, judging by the language of letters and materials, even their authors themselves are not sure of the validity of their conclusions. The wording is chosen in such a way as to a priori relieve London of responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided to the Security Council. This is clearly indicated, for example, by references to some “initial estimates”, indicating that the British side has not even completed the process of the so-called study of these alleged drones,” he noted.
As Nebenzia stated, the purpose of spreading such fabrications is quite obvious – in the absence of objective facts, to fill the reports of the UN Secretary General and the coordinator of the “2231 format” with “negativity”, thereby diverting attention from the violations by the Western participants of the Iranian nuclear deal and the United States of the provisions of Security Council Resolution 2231, which secured its creation. .
Western countries have repeatedly claimed that Iran allegedly supplies drones to Russia for military operations in Ukraine. At the same time, the United States and its allies emphasized that such a transfer violates resolution 2231. Moscow and Tehran denied these accusations.
Iran's permanent representative to the UN called such accusations groundless, since the ban on weapons in resolution 2231 ceased to operate on October 18, 2020, which means that the transfer of weapons to or from the Islamic Republic no longer applies to this resolution.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the topic of purchasing combat drones from Tehran was artificially thrown into the American media. Later, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview that Western allegations about Iran's alleged deliveries of drones to Russia remain unsubstantiated.