Iran Cautions Ukraine of Heavy Price over Zelensky Aid's Hostile Comments
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) outlet, Nour News, hit back at an aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky over his threatening remarks against Tehran, and warned Kyiv against the grave consequences of such anti-Tehran policies.
Nour News was referring to the new anti-Iran remarks by Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, who once again accused Tehran of involvement in the war between Moscow and Kyiv, threatening Iran with “consequences".
The outlet stressed that Podolyak’s unfounded allegations against Tehran could have dire repercussions for Ukraine.
The repetition of such claims “which could entail serious consequences for Ukraine shows its officials have turned into a plaything".
Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Tehran of providing Moscow with drones to be used in the war in Ukraine. Both Iran and Russia have vehemently denied the accusations.
Back in January, the senior adviser had created yet another headache for Ukraine by claiming that Kyiv was involved in a failed drone attack on a military facility in the Central Iranian province of Isfahan.
In responce, Tehran summoned the charge d’affaires of Kiev to explain Podolyak’s remarks on Ukraine’s possible involvement in the unsuccessful strike.
Tehran has repeatedly asked Kiev to submit evidence for the use of Iranian-made UAVs by Russia in the Ukraine war, but the Zelensky government has so far provided no proof.
Iranian officials have reiterated that Tehran will not help either side in the Russia-Ukraine crisis, and cautioned that arming Moscow or Kyiv will prolong the conflict between the two neighbors.
Back in mid-March, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei dismissed Tehran's involvement in the war as sheer lie.
“We categorically deny any presence in the Ukraine war. And such a thing is not true at all,” he stressed.
Ayatollah Khamenei also referred to the US role in the Ukraine war, stating that America waged the Ukraine war in order to expand NATO to the East.
"And now while the people of Ukraine are in trouble and grappling with problems, America and its weapons manufacturing companies are making the most of this war in terms of profits. And for this reason, they stand in the way of the necessary things to end this war," he added.
Iranian Presdient Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi has also cautioned in September that the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a serious threat to the stability and security of nations.
The Iranian president described NATO's expansionist policies as one of the causes of insecurity in different parts of the world and stated, "As foreign policy thinkers, advise politicians and statesmen so that the people of different parts of the world do not bear the cost of their mistakes".
Russia sent troops to Ukraine in February 2022, citing the need to protect the people of Donbass and Kiev’s failure to implement the 2014-2015 Minsk peace accords. President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories.
The US, the EU, the UK and a number of other states have imposed sanctions against Russian legal entities and individuals. Russia has officially become the most sanctioned country in the world, surpassing Iran, Syria and North Korea, after launching a military operation against Ukraine. They also increased supplies of weapons to the Ukrainian authorities.