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ईरान का यूक्रेन पर ज़ोरदार हमला, कीव के पास ईरानी ड्रोन के सबूत हैं तो जमा करें : रिपोर्ट

ईरान ने एक बार फिर यूक्रेन युद्ध में रूस को ड्रोन प्रदान करने से इनकार कर दिया है, कीव को ऐसे ड्रोन के सबूत प्रस्तुत करने के लिए कहा है यदि उसके पास कोई है।

विदेश मंत्री होसैन अमीर-अब्दुल्लाहियन ने बुधवार को अपने क्रोएशियाई समकक्ष गॉर्डन ग्रिलिक रेडमैन के साथ टेलीफोन पर बातचीत के दौरान कहा, “हमने यूक्रेनी अधिकारियों से कहा है कि वे यूक्रेन युद्ध में ईरानी ड्रोन की तैनाती पर कोई सबूत पेश करें।”

प्रेस टीवी के अनुसार, अमीर-अब्दुल्लाहियन कुछ यूक्रेनी अधिकारियों द्वारा रूस को इस्लामिक रिपब्लिक द्वारा प्रदान किए गए कथित मानव रहित हवाई वाहनों के बारे में किए गए दावों पर टिप्पणी कर रहे थे।

उन्होंने यह भी कहा, “हम युद्ध के किसी भी पक्ष के युद्ध और शस्त्रीकरण का कड़ा विरोध करते रहे हैं और जारी रखेंगे।”

ईरानी अधिकारी ने मास्को के साथ तेहरान के वर्षों के रक्षात्मक सहयोग को स्वीकार किया, लेकिन जोर देकर कहा कि इस्लामी गणराज्य ने “यूक्रेन पर युद्ध का समर्थन नहीं किया था, और इस युद्ध में आवेदन के लिए रूस को कोई ईरानी हथियार प्रदान नहीं किया था।”

मंगलवार को बोलते हुए, ईरानी विदेश मंत्रालय के प्रवक्ता नासिर कनानी ने ऐसे आरोपों को “निराधार” कहा, जो “गलत सूचना और गलत इरादे से अनुमान” के आधार पर लगाए गए थे।

अधिकारी ने कहा कि ईरान आरोपों को रद्द करने की दिशा में यूक्रेन के साथ बातचीत करने के लिए तैयार है। युद्ध की शुरुआत के बाद से, ईरान “सक्रिय तटस्थता” की नीति का पालन कर रहा है, युद्ध जारी रखने के लिए अपना विरोध व्यक्त कर रहा है, और मास्को और कीव के बीच मतभेदों के शांतिपूर्ण समाधान की आवश्यकता पर जोर देता है, कनानी ने कहा।

अलग से, अमीर-अब्दुल्लाहियन ने एक यूरोपीय संघ के विदेश मंत्रिस्तरीय सत्र का उल्लेख किया, जिसने एक युवा ईरानी महिला की मौत के बाद हुए विदेशी समर्थित दंगों के लिए ईरान की प्रतिक्रिया पर 11 ईरानी व्यक्तियों और चार संस्थाओं के खिलाफ प्रतिबंध लगाने का फैसला किया था।

अमीर-अब्दुल्लाहियन ने यूरोपीय संघ के उपायों की निंदा करते हुए कहा कि उन्हें गलत सूचना के आधार पर अपनाया गया था।

विदेश मंत्री ने कहा, “मैंने इस मुद्दे के बारे में यूरोपीय संघ की विदेश नीति के प्रमुख जोसेप बोरेल को चेतावनी दी थी,” मेरे सहयोगी यूरोपीय संघ के उपायों के लिए आनुपातिक और पारस्परिक प्रतिवाद की जांच कर रहे हैं।

महसा अमिनी की मौत के विरोध में पहले उनके मूल प्रांत कोर्डेस्तान में और बाद में राजधानी तेहरान सहित कई शहरों में विरोध प्रदर्शन हुए। अमिनी एक पुलिस स्टेशन में बेहोश हो गई और 16 सितंबर को तेहरान के एक अस्पताल में उसे मृत घोषित कर दिया गया। हालांकि, कुछ चरमपंथी तत्वों ने विरोध प्रदर्शन को पटरी से उतार दिया और सुरक्षा बलों के खिलाफ हिंसा को उकसाया।

ईरानी और क्रोएशियाई विदेश मंत्रियों ने भी दोनों देशों के संबंधों के मुद्दे को संबोधित किया, सहयोग को गहरा करने की आवश्यकता पर जोर दिया।

‘Submit evidence of Iranian drones if you have any,’ Tehran asks Kiev

Iran has once again rejected providing Russia with drones in the Ukraine war, asking Kiev to submit evidence of such drones if it has any.

“We have told Ukrainian officials to produce any evidence on deployment of Iranian drones in the Ukraine war,” Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said during a telephone conversation with his Croatian counterpart Gordan Grlić Radman on Wednesday.

According to Press TV, Amir-Abdollahian was commenting on claims made by some Ukrainian officials about alleged unmanned aerial vehicles provided by the Islamic Republic to Russia.

He also said, “We have been and continue to be strongly opposed to warfare and armament of either side of the war.”​

The Iranian official acknowledged Tehran’s years-long defensive cooperation with Moscow, but asserted that the Islamic Republic had not “supported the war on Ukraine, and had not provided any Iranian armaments to Russia for application in this war.”

Speaking on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Nasser Kan’ani called such allegations “unfounded”, which had been made on the basis of “misinformation and ill-intentioned presumptions.”

Iran, the official noted, was ready to hold dialog with Ukraine towards nullification of the allegations. Since the onset of the war, Iran has been observing a policy of “active neutrality,” expressing its opposition to continuation of the war, and emphasizing the need for peaceful resolution of differences between Moscow and Kiev, Kan’ani added.

Separately, Amir-Abdollahian referred to an European Union foreign ministerial session that decided earlier in October to levy sanctions against 11 Iranian individuals and four entities, over Iran’s response to the foreign-backed riots that followed the death of a young Iranian woman.

Amir-Abdollahian condemned the EU’s measures, saying they had been adopted based on misinformation.

“I had warned the EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell concerning the issue,” the foreign minister said, adding, “My colleagues are examining [adoption] of a proportionate and reciprocal countermeasure to the EU measures.”

Protests over the death of Mahsa Amini erupted first in her native Province of Kordestan and later in several cities, including the capital Tehran. Amini fainted at a police station and was pronounced dead days later on September 16 at a Tehran hospital. However, some extremist elements derailed the protests and incited violence against security forces.

The Iranian and Croatian foreign ministers also addressed the issue of the two countries’ ties, laying emphasis on the need for deepening of the cooperation.

Iran, Russia reject claims on use of Tehran-supplied drones in Ukraine

Iran and Russia have rejected baseless allegations that Tehran supplied Moscow with a fleet of drones for use in the war in Ukraine.

According to Press TV, speaking to reporters after a Security Council closed-door meeting on Wednesday, Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amir Saeed Iravani categorically rejected “unfounded and unsubstantiated” claims that Tehran has transferred UAVs to Moscow for use in the war in Ukraine.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has taken a clear and consistent position on the situation in Ukraine which has been pronounced since the start of the conflict,” he said.

The Islamic Republic, he added, has always emphasized that all UN members must fully respect the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter as well as applicable international law, including sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity.

As a country that has experienced eight years of imposed war and aggression, Iran has “consistently advocated for peace and the immediate end to the conflict in Ukraine,” urging the engaged parties to exercise restraint, avoid escalation of tension and engage in a meaningful process for settling the dispute through peaceful means while also addressing the root causes of the situation, the diplomat said.

The Iranian envoy once again voiced support for “ongoing efforts to find a peaceful solution to this conflict” and noted that Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has made contacts with his counterparts from both sides on several occasions.

Iravani said it is “disappointing” that the West has mounted a “disinformation campaign against Iran” and made “misleading interpretation of the Security Council Resolution 2231” as an attempt to “wrongly establish a link between their baseless allegations against Iran with this resolution.”

“Iran emphasized that the issues surrounding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine are completely irrelevant to the Resolution 2231 both in substance and format and any activity in this regard fall outside the scope of the resolution and secretariat mandate,” he added.

He emphasized that “Iran is of the firm belief that none of its arms exports, including UAVs, to any country” violate the Resolution 2231.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue its constructive engagement to help the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Ukraine,” he pointed out.

The United States, France and the United Kingdom called a closed-door Security Council meeting following some Ukrainian officials’ claims about alleged unmanned aerial vehicles provided by the Islamic Republic to Russia.

Russia to review working with UN chief if he inspects drones in Ukraine: Envoy

Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy also said on Wednesday that his country will reassess cooperation with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres if he sends experts to Ukraine to inspect drones that Western countries claim were made in Iran and used by Moscow in the ongoing war in that country.

Speaking to reporters after the UN meeting, the Russian diplomat called on the UN chief and his staff to “abstain from engaging in any illegitimate investigation.”

“Otherwise, we will have to reassess our collaboration with them, which is hardly in anyone’s interests. We do not want to do it, but there will be no other choice,” he said.

He emphasized that the drones found in Ukraine are not Iranian but Russian-made, explaining that images of the drones downed in Ukraine clearly have Russian inscriptions on them.

The anti-Iran claims first emerged in July, with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan alleging that Washington had received “information” indicating that the Islamic Republic was preparing to provide Russia with “up to several hundred drones, including weapons-capable UAVs on an expedited timeline” for use in the war in Ukraine.

Also on Tuesday, however, the Pentagon said it could not confirm transfer of any Iranian weaponry to Russia.