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Iran could also be ‘contributing to widespread struggle crimes’ in Ukraine by offering drones to Russia: White House

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stated Monday that Iran “might doubtlessly be contributing to widespread struggle crimes” in Ukraine by supplying its drones to Russia. 

Sullivan made the comment throughout President Biden’s journey to Mexico City and simply weeks after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy raised the difficulty throughout his speech to Congress in Washington, D.C. 

“Their weapons are getting used to kill civilians in Ukraine and to attempt to plunge cities into chilly and darkness which, from our viewpoint, places Iran in a spot the place it might doubtlessly be contributing to widespread struggle crimes,” Sullivan stated, in line with Reuters. 

As a part of the U.S. response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the federal government has imposed sanctions on corporations and people accused of manufacturing or transferring the drones from Iran to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s navy, Reuters added. 

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White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan speaks at a press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 20, 2022.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan speaks at a press briefing on the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 20, 2022.
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In his speech to Congress in late December, Zelenskyy stated “When Russia can not attain our cities by its artillery, it tries to destroy them with missile assaults. More than that, Russia discovered an ally in its genocidal coverage — Iran. 

“Iranian lethal drones, despatched to Russia in lots of, turned a risk to our crucial infrastructure,” he continued. “That is how one terrorist has discovered the opposite. It is only a matter of time — when they may strike in opposition to your different allies, if we don’t cease them now. 

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine's president, arrives to speak during a joint meeting of Congress at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 21, 2022.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine’s president, arrives to talk throughout a joint assembly of Congress on the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 21, 2022.
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The White House first disclosed Tehran’s plans to “present” Russia lots of of Shahed-136 drones earlier in 2022, and by August 1,000 Iranian-supplied drones had been shipped to Russia. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 21, 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses a joint assembly of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 21, 2022.
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Iran continues to disclaim the allegations. 

 

“Mr. Zelenskyy had higher know that Iran’s strategic endurance over such unfounded accusations is just not infinite,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani stated in a threatening message posted to the ministry’s web site a day after Zelensky’s speech. 

Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report. 

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