While evidence of Russia’s using Iranian drones against Ukraine is piling up, the Islamic Republic’s foreign ministry once again denied providing drones to Moscow. 

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the claims during a phone conversation with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto late on Thursday. 

He said certain states dispatch arms and ammunition to Ukraine, but the Islamic Republic did not send any weapon to Russia to be used in the invasion of Ukraine, because Tehran believes that the only way to resolve the issue is through diplomatic channels, and that any sort of military aid will delay the opportunity to reach peace.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani had said October 3 that media reports were “baseless” and that Tehran was committed to “active neutrality and opposition to war and the need for a political settlement of the differences between the two sides and away from violence.”

Oleksiy Kuleba, the head of the Kyiv military administration, said Thursday that six explosions 75km south of the city early Wednesday, wounding one in a military base at Bila Tserkva, had been carried out by Iranian-made Shahed 136 delta-wing ‘kamikaze’ drones. 

Moreover, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his address to the participants of the European Political Community summit in Prague on Thursday, “Today, Russia launched another airstrike on Ukrainian cities. It used Iranian drones again. By the way, they are used every day, and so far Iran says every day that there are allegedly no such drones here.”

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