In a phone call with his Polish counterpart on Wednesday in which the two discussed strengthening bilateral relations and the Ukraine conflict, President Raeisi dismissed accusations leveled against Iran by the Western countries regarding the Ukraine conflict, and said that the Islamic Republic is ready to use all its means to play a role in ending the war in Europe through diplomacy.
President Raeisi assured Andrzej Duda that “the Islamic Republic of Iran will use all its capacity and potential to end the war.”
“In light of the current circumstances, both Tehran and Warsaw should seek to improve economic and trade relations by providing appropriate solutions,” Raeisi added.
For his part, Duda stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always sought to expand and promote peace and stability in the world and called for enhancing the level of cooperation between the two countries on both bilateral and international stages.
The US and the European Union have repeatedly made allegations that Iran has been providing weapons and drones to Russia for deployment against Ukraine.
The anti-Iran claims first emerged in July, with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan alleging that Washington had received “information” indicating that Iran was preparing to provide Russia with “up to several hundred UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), including weapons-capable UAVs on an expedited timeline” for use in the war in Ukraine.
On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani said such allegations against Iran were made on the basis of “misinformation and ill-intentioned presumptions.”
He pointed out that these claims were being circulated as part of a political and goal-oriented campaign led by some countries’ media outlets.
Kan’ani assured that Iran was ready to hold dialog with Ukraine towards nullification of the allegations.
Also last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian reiterated that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not and will not provide any weapon to be used in the war in Ukraine.
“We believe that the arming of each side of the crisis will prolong the war, therefore we have not considered and do not consider war to be the right way either in Ukraine or in Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen,” Amir-Abdollahian noted.
Meanwhile, the massive flow of US-led arms to Kiev continues, including American supplies of HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, which the Ukrainian army uses to strike key infrastructure facilities and other Russian targets.
The truck-mounted systems fire GPS-guided missiles that are reportedly capable of reaching targets up to 80 kilometers away.
Earlier in September, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported that its forces destroyed a US-made M777 howitzer gun which Ukrainian forces had used to shell the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant located in southeastern Ukraine.
Russia launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24 with the aim of “demilitarizing” the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, which is made up of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics.
Back in 2014, the two republics broke away from Ukraine, refusing to recognize a Western-backed Ukrainian government there that had overthrown a democratically-elected Russia-friendly administration.