Tehran rejects media claims on arms transfer to Armenia via Iran
Iran has dismissed as lies reports by some media outlets about the transfer of weapons and military equipment to Armenia through the territory of the Islamic Republic.
“The movement of trucks and the transit of conventional civilian goods between the Islamic Republic of Iran and neighboring countries have been ongoing as usual,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.
However, he added, “in addition to closely monitoring and controlling the movements and transit of goods to other countries, Iran does not allow the use of its soil for the transfer of weapons and ammunition.”
The remarks came after certain media claimed that Russia had sent three of its MiG-29 fighters to Armenia using Iranian airspace.
On Monday, Khatibzadeh said the region cannot take any more of the type of the conflict that has perilously flared up between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also held separate phone calls with his Azeri and Armenian counterparts calling for an immediate end to hostilities and start of negotiations within framework of international law.
He also expressed in a Twitter post Tehran’s readiness to "provide good offices to enable talks" between Baku and Yerevan.
Heavy clashes erupted on Sunday between Azerbaijani and Armenian military forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Dozens have been killed and hundreds wounded in the worst spate of fighting between the two former Soviet republics since the 1990s.