Tehran has dismissed allegations that it is helping Moscow in the Ukraine conflict
Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Nasser Kanaani speaks during a press conference in the capital Tehran on December 5, 2022. © ATTA KENARE / AFP
Claims made by CIA Director William Burns about Tehran’s alleged assistance to Moscow in the Ukraine conflict are completely unfounded, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on Sunday. He added that such statements are meant to shift focus away from Washington’s own aggressive policies.
Last week, Burns told PBS that the US is “quite worried” about Iran’s alleged involvement in the Ukraine conflict. He also warned of signs of “a full-fledged defense partnership between Russia and Iran.” To support his case, he claimed that “[the] Iranians [are] supplying drones to the Russians,” an allegation Tehran denies.
“American officials, in continuation of their baseless political claims and illegal measures against the Islamic Republic of Iran, are questioning the conventional defense and military cooperation between Iran and Russia,” Kanaani said.
He went on to denounce what he described as a “propaganda war by the Americans, which is based on lies and deception.” According to the spokesman, the insinuations are meant to pile up political pressure on Iran, and “fuel Iranophobia and cover up their warmongering attitude.”