Nov 11, 2022 19:05 UTC
  • Iran opposes continuation of Ukraine war, strives for ceasefire: FM

Iran’s Foreign Minister says his country opposes the continuation of the war in Ukraine and strives for a ceasefire between the warring sides.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks during a Friday phone call with his Bulgarian counterpart Nikolay Milov.

He also dismissed Western allegations that Tehran has been providing drones to Moscow to use in the Ukraine war.

“According to Security Council Resolution 2231, we do not have a ban on the export and import of weapons, but we have not given any weapons to Russia to use in the Ukraine war,” the Foreign Minister said.

He added that the Islamic Republic also opposes the expansion of NATO in the region.

In similar remarks earlier in the day, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kan’ani rejected accusations about Iran’s delivery of arms to Russia to be used against Ukraine, saying that the Islamic Republic is against any kind of war and favors ceasefire and peace.

“Sending Iranian weapons to Russia for use in the Ukraine war is a baseless accusation that they raise every day to legitimize their daily practice of exporting weapons to Ukraine,” Kan’ani wrote in a post on his Twitter account.

He said those who level such accusations against Iran are the ones who set the ground for the war and its continuation.

“Iran opposes war and supports ceasefire and peace,” the spokesman added.

Iran has on multiple occasions rejected in the strongest terms the Western claims of delivery of weapons and drones to Russia to be used against Ukraine. Tehran says it has had a long-term defense cooperation with Moscow and pursues a resolution of the conflict through dialog and diplomacy.

Both Iran and Russia have in the past vehemently rejected baseless allegations that Tehran provided Moscow with drones.

This is while the United States and its European allies have been providing Kiev with an assortment of arms and weapons, fanning the flames of war in the ex-Soviet republic.