Kremlin says Putin did not discuss drones with Iranian authorities
The White House said earlier that Iran is ready to transfer drones capable of carrying weapons to Russia, which Moscow is going to use in Ukraine. Tehran denied this, and the Kremlin reported that the topic of drones was not discussed ” alt = “The Kremlin said that Putin did not discuss drones with the Iranian authorities” />
Vladimir Putin (left) and Ebrahim Raisi
President Vladimir Putin did not discuss the issue of supplying drones with the Iranian authorities, RIA Novosti said ; assistant to the head of state Yuri Ushakov. This topic was not raised either in talks with President Ibrahim Raisi or with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
According to Ushakov, Putin and Khamenei discussed “conceptual issues”— situation in the world and bilateral relations.
On July 12, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that, according to Washington, Tehran intends to quickly transfer to Moscow up to several hundred drones, including those capable of carrying weapons. According to him, Russia is going to use them in the military operation in Ukraine.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry did not confirm this. As the representative of the department, Nasser Kanani, noted, Iran and Russia cooperate in the field of modern technologies before the start of hostilities in Ukraine, “and there has not been much development in this area lately.” Iranian Minister Amir Abdollahian, in a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Kuleba, called Sullivan's words unfounded.
Putin's representative Dmitry Peskov did not answer the question about the supply of drones from Iran.
Sullivan told CNN last week that a Russian delegation visited Iran's Kashan airfield at least twice in July to examine the Shahed-191 and Shahed-129 combat drones. The day before, State Department spokesman Ned Price promised that the United States and other countries would impose new sanctions on Iran if they decided to transfer the devices to Russia.
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Putin flew to Tehran on July 10 for a summit of countries&mdash ; guarantors of the Astana process to resolve the Syrian conflict. He met with Khamenei, Raisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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