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NYT: Iran uses US components in attack drones despite sanctions

MOSCOW, November 23 – RIA Novosti. Iran uses components from the United States and Europe in its attack aircraft, despite current Western sanctions that should ban the supply of such components to Tehran. informs The New York Times cites research data from Conflict Armament Research.

The Iranian drones, which Russia uses to attack military and civilian targets in Ukraine, are built from specially manufactured parts by companies headquartered in the United States, Europe and Asia.

A total of three UAV models were examined, with more than 500 components from 70 manufacturers from 13 countries around the world, but 82% of them were made in the United States, according to the researchers.

It was noted that one of the Iranian UAVs allegedly seized in Ukraine had technologies produced in May, but most of the parts were made in 2020-2021.

Western countries claim that Iran is currently supplying UAVs to Russia for military operations in Ukraine. Moscow and Tehran have denied such accusations. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that Tehran supplied drones to the Russian Federation a few months before the start of a special operation in Ukraine. He also stated that Tehran could not meet with Kyiv about the UAV due to the absence of the Ukrainian side.

Iran’s UN Ambassador Amir Saeed Iravani categorically denies allegations that Tehran has transferred drones to Russia for use in the conflict in Ukraine. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani denied the newly emerged information in the American media that Iranian weapons were supplied to the Russian side for use in hostilities in Ukraine. The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, stated that the issue of Russia’s purchase of warplanes from Iran was artificially brought to the American media.

Western countries accuse Russia and Iran of collaborating on the supply of drones to camouflage their failure to implement the Iran nuclear deal, but their hysteria indicates that a painful thought process continues in the US and EU about the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan. Russian Federation Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin had previously spoken about the Action Report on Iran’s nuclear program in an interview with RIA Novosti. He stressed that the accusations of Western countries about such deliveries are unfounded, with this they are trying to justify their own illegal supply of weapons to Kiev.

Source: Ria

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