Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Iran’s claim of sending a “limited” number of drones to Russia as a lie in his Saturday night speech.
He also challenged the timetable presented by Tehran.
“Today there were messages from Iran, from official representatives. There they decided to admit that they were supplying drones for Russian terror. But even in this confession they lied,” said Zelensky: “We shoot down at least 10 Iranian drones every day, and the Iranian regime claims it would have given little – even before the full-scale invasion began.”
Zelensky said that if “Iran continues to lie about the obvious”, even more efforts will be made to investigate “terrorist cooperation between the Russian and Iranian regimes and what Russia is paying Iran for a such cooperation”.
What Iran said: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told a press conference on Saturday that Tehran provided a limited number of weapons before Russia invaded Ukraine.
“Some Western countries have accused Iran of helping the war in Ukraine by supplying drones and missiles to Russia,” Amirabdollahian said. “The missile part is completely wrong. The drone part is correct, we supplied a limited number of drones to Russia in the months leading up to the start of the war in Ukraine.