Iran “regrets” diplomatic row with Ukraine

The flag of Iran near the embassy in Kyiv
The flag of Iran near the embassy in Kyiv

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Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said Ukraine should “refrain from being influenced by third parties who seek to destroy relations between the two countries.”

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Ukraine has recently withdrawn the accreditation of the Iranian ambassador and imposed a significant reduction on the staff of the Iranian embassy in Kyiv, over Iran supplying Russia with drones to use in the war in Ukraine.

U.S. intelligence sources indicated since late August that Russia and Iran have struck a deal to outfit Russian troops in Ukraine with Iranian-made drones.

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Tehran has vigorously denied it was providing Moscow with any kind of military assistance.

Ukrainian forces first shot down an Iranian Shahed-136 loitering munition in Kupyansk, Kharkiv Oblast, on Sept. 13.

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Shahed-136 drones were later used to attack Odesa and Dnipro, with six of them getting shot down on Sept. 23.

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