Iran says it doesn't need 'permission' to work with Russia | War in Ukraine

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Iran says it doesn't need “permission” to work with Russia | War in Ukraine

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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow in March. The two countries have strengthened their ties since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Iran said on Sunday that it does not need anyone's “permission” to develop relations with Russia, after the United States raised concerns about the “large-scale military partnership” between Tehran and Moscow. /p>

The Islamic Republic of Iran, in accordance with its national interests […], acts independently to regulate its foreign relations and does not seek permission from anyone, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani in a statement.

kyiv and its Western backers accuse Russia of using Iranian-made drones to carry out attacks in Ukraine. Iran has admitted supplying drones to Russia, but assured that these deliveries had taken place before the offensive in Ukraine, without however escaping a salvo of Western sanctions.

On December 9, the White House also sounded the alarm about a large-scale and ever-deeper military partnership between Tehran and Moscow.

John Kirby, the spokesman for the US Executive's National Security Council, said that in return for drone deliveries, Russia was offering Iran an unprecedented level of military support and technique, transforming their relationship into a full defense partnership. A harmful development for Ukraine, neighboring countries of Iran and the international community, according to Washington.

Cooperation between Iran and Russia in various fields, including defense cooperation, is developing within the framework of common interests […] and is not against any third country, retorted Nasser Kanani, who rejected comments part of the US propaganda war against Iran.

US officials continue their baseless political claims and illegal actions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, questioning conventional defense and military cooperation between Iran and Russia, he noted.

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