Iran’s foreign ministry has summoned Ukraine’s acting envoy for statements by Kyiv officials that Tehran sees as Kyiv’s role in the recent drone attack in Isfahan.
The ministry summoned a Ukrainian special envoy in response to comments by Mikhail Podlyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, about the drone attack on the Defense Ministry’s facilities in Isfahan (Isfahan) on Saturday night, asked for an explanation.
In a tweet in which Podoljak was referring to several telegraphic developments of the Russian aggression, he said, “Iran’s Explosive Night – Drone and Missile Production, Oil Refineries.” He went on to say that “Ukraine has warned you,” referring to repeated calls to Tehran to stop arms supplies to Moscow.
“The logic of war is mercilessly murderous. It demands harshly from its authors and accomplices,” said Podryak. preparation,” he added.
Nour News Agency, which belongs to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), said: “If the Ukrainian government does not officially abandon a tweet by Zelensky’s adviser that implied that Kyiv was complicit in the move against Iran, It will have serious consequences for them.” .”
Tehran has questioned Kyiv’s involvement in the attack, despite reports pointing to Israel. The Wall Street Journal reported in an exclusive report on Sunday, Israel carried out a drone attack Military Center for Research and Development.
Russia on Monday condemned the drone attack and warned against “provocative” actions that could lead to escalation in an already tense situation.
“Such destructive actions could have unpredictable consequences for peace and stability in the Middle East,” the Moscow Foreign Ministry said.
Tehran is Hundreds of drones supplied to Russia Since mid-2022, it has been used to inflict more damage during missile strikes and to overwhelm Ukrainian air defense systems. The US and Europe are imposing new sanctions on Tehran, citing expanded military ties with Moscow and a deadly crackdown on protests since September last year.
The attack, which the Ministry of Defense called “small drones”, targeted the Materials and Energy Research Institute in Esfahan, some sources said. A civilian video sent to Iran International showed the explosion, but the government claimed that air defense systems fended off the attack. However, small or quadcopter drones cannot fly hundreds of kilometers to reach Isfahan, which is located in central Iran. If the attack actually took place with small drones, the operators would have been on the ground in Iran.
According to the Israeli weblog Intellitimes, the target of the drone attack was the Iranian Space Research Institute, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Defense. jerusalem post, Western and foreign citations Intelligence sources also wrote that, contrary to Iran’s claims, the attack on an “advanced weapons development” facility was a “tremendous success.”
Saturday’s attack comes as the United States and Israel expand close military cooperation, including exercises days earlier, and discuss ways to counter Iran’s capabilities.
Tehran’s supply of large Kamikaze Shahed-136 drones with 45-kg warheads to Russia is a concern for the US and NATO. Russia has used hundreds of these drones to target civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
In addition to attacking Aircraft aimed at a convoy of trucks It will cross from Iraq to Syria on Sunday carrying suspected cargo from Iran.
Government-controlled media in Tehran claimed that the convoy of 25 trucks attacked on the Iraqi-Syrian border was carrying flour and food. Suspected Israeli attacks have repeatedly targeted trucks and warehouses near the Iran-controlled al-Qaim border crossing.