Tehran (IP)- Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has stressed that the country had sold several drones to Russia before the Russia-Ukraine war.

Iran PressIran News: Talking about the western smear campaign that accused Iran of selling drones and missiles to Russia to use in the war against Ukraine, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said: "Selling missiles is completely untrue, but the drone is true. Months before the war started in Ukraine, we had sold few drones to Russia."

Speaking to the media, the Minister of Foreign Affairs added: "We asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to provide us with any evidence that Russia used Iranian drones in the war against Ukraine."

Reacting to US President Joe Biden's recent remarks regarding liberating Iran, Amir-Abdollahian said: "Mr. Biden received his answer in Dr. Raisi's remarks yesterday, and American officials immediately corrected him after his ill-considered remarks and announced that the US does not have such a position."

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The foreign minister noted: "Of course, the Americans were always looking for regime change in Iran in the past decades. During the nuclear negotiations, we often told them that they have hidden goals."

He said about the Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations in Tehran: "The meeting will be held today in Tehran with the presence of 18 deputy foreign ministers of the member states. Its main purpose is to send a strong message to the international community against the unilateralism and unfair sanctions of some western activists."

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The Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations was formed by 19 countries to preserve, upgrade, and defend the UN Charter's credibility.

The group member states comprise Algeria, Angola, Belarus, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, Laos, Nicaragua, Palestine, Russia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Syria, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

Iran's FM also mentioned planning a meeting between Iranian and Ukrainian officials in a European country and said: "The meeting was not held, and the reason was that the US and some European countries, especially Germany, asked Ukraine not to meet with Iran. But after that, in a phone call last week with my Ukrainian counterpart, we agreed that if there is any evidence, he should provide it to us."


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