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Ukraine to reduce Iran embassy presence over Russia drone attacks

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said the accreditation of the Iranian ambassador will be revoked and Iranian diplomatic staff in Kyiv reduced as a result of Russian forces using Iranian drones to attack Ukraine.

”Today the Russian army used Iranian drones for its attacks on Dnipropetrovsk region and Odesa. I instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to strongly react to this fact,” Zelenskyy said in his address.

“In response to such an unfriendly act, the Ukrainian side has decided to deprive the ambassador of Iran of his accreditation and also to significantly reduce the number of diplomatic staff of the Iranian embassy in Kyiv,” he said.

Iran has denied claims by Kyiv and Washington that it had supplied drones to Russia, and officials in Tehran had previously said Iran would not assist either side in the war as it backed its resolution through dialogue.

The United Kingdom’s defence ministry, in its military intelligence update on Wednesday said it was “highly likely” that Russia has deployed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) made by Iran in the nearly seven-month war in Ukraine.

In reaction to the decision of the Government of Ukraine, the Iranian government advised the government of Ukraine to avoid the influence of third parties who seek to destroy the relations between the two countries.

“Nasser Kanani”, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, while expressing his regret over the decision of the government of Ukraine regarding diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, said this decision was based on unconfirmed reports and caused by foreign media propaganda.

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