The US State Department announced that Washington and its allies will impose new sanctions on Tehran “if it delivers drones to Russia,” while Iran completely denied the news of the drone deal.
“We’ve expressed our concerns about the provision of drone technology from Iran to Russia, and we will continue to monitor the situation,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
He added, “All our sanctions on Tehran are still in force, and any operation of this kind will lead to new sanctions that other countries in the world may join.”
Earlier, the administration of US President Joe Biden said that “Iran plans to transfer a few hundred drones to Russia, including combat ones.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian recently denied to his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmitry Kuleba, the authenticity of the reports that Tehran provided Russia with the rallies, describing these news as “unfounded”.
In another context, Abdullahian called on the United States to be realistic and take measures that would lead to reaching an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.
“The White House must put aside exaggerations and doubts, be realistic and take steps to find a solution, reach an agreement, stop repeating ineffective and unconstructive behavior and not resort to pressure,” Abdullahian said during a telephone conversation with the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, and sanctions,” according to a statement issued by the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
Abdullahian expressed his gratitude for the continued efforts made by Borrell and the European coordinator for negotiations, Enrique Mora, to reach a nuclear agreement.
For his part, Borrell praised, according to the statement, Iran’s positive and serious will in the negotiation process, stressing his readiness to facilitate and speed up the process of negotiating the nuclear agreement through communication and consultation with all parties.
Earlier this month, the Qatari capital, Doha, hosted indirect talks between the US and Iranian sides on the agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.
This round in Doha was preceded by several negotiating rounds in Vienna that didn’t result in remarkable progress.
The United States unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in May 2018, and reimposed economic sanctions on Iran; Tehran responded by abandoning some of the restrictions on its nuclear activity set in the deal.