Russia threatens to ‘re-evaluate collaboration’ with UN chief on drone inspection | Russia

Russia has threatened to reassess its cooperation with the The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres if he sends UN experts to Ukraine to inspect drones that Western powers say were manufactured in Iran and used by Moscow in violation of a UN resolution.

Dmitry Polyanskiy, Deputy Ambassador of Russia to the UN.
Dmitry Polyanskiy, Deputy Ambassador of Russia to the UN. Photography: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/Rex/Shutterstock

Speaking after a closed UN Security Council meeting on Moscow’s use of drones, Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy called on António Guterres and his team to “s ‘refrain from engaging in any illegitimate investigation’. He also threatened Russia would withdraw from the grain agreement that allowed Ukrainian grain to be transported out of Black Sea ports.

Polyanskiy insisted that the precision weapons were made in Russia and condemned “baseless accusations and conspiracy theories”.

But Ben WallaceBritain’s Defense Secretary said Moscow’s reliance on Iranian drones showed the strategic degradation of Russian weaponry and urged the Iranian government to recognize that it should not want to be associated with the indiscriminate killing of women and children. children by Russia.

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly is expected to join the EU in announcing the imposition of new sanctions on three Iranian military commanders, including Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces .

Polyanskiy urged Guterres and his team to “refrain from engaging in any illegitimate investigation. Otherwise, we will have to re-evaluate our collaboration with them, which is in no one’s interest. We don’t want it, but there will be no other choice.

Insisting that the unarmed aerial vehicles (UAVs) were made in Russia, he pointed to the “Geran” label – which means geranium in Russian – on their outer shells. “I advise you not to underestimate [the] technological capabilities of the Russian drone industry. I can tell you that we know what to do and now how to do it,” he said.

Polyanskiy said it was absurd for the United States to accuse Iran of violating the nuclear deal since it was the United States that withdrew from it in 2018. He said the secretariat of the UN had no mandate regarding UN resolutions related to the nuclear deal, adding that the UN Secretary General was a creature of Western capitals.

When asked why he opposed a commission of inquiry examining the drone fragments, if it was so clear they were of Russian origin, he replied that the UN had no mandate. to mount an investigation.

A photograph released by the Ukrainian military reportedly shows the wreckage of an Iranian Shahed drone shot down near Kupiansk, Ukraine.
A photograph released by the Ukrainian military reportedly shows the wreckage of an Iranian Shahed drone shot down near Kupiansk, Ukraine. Photograph: Ukrainian Army Strategic Communications Directorate / AP

US, Britain and EU say they have indisputable evidence Iran gave Russia Shahed-136sthe low-cost drones that have inflicted massive damage to Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure.

Washington says any arms transfers violate UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which implements the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a now moribund deal aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear activities and preventing the country from developing a nuclear weapon. Iran has been free to export arms under the deal since 2020.

Ukraine and its Western allies maintain that the resolution still includes restrictions on missiles and related technologies until October 2023, and may encompass the export and purchase of advanced military systems such as drones.

On Wednesday, Iran’s UN envoy Amir Saeid Iravani dismissed “baseless and unsubstantiated allegations” of drone transfers and said Tehran, which abstained in votes on the war, wanted a “peaceful solution” to the conflict, which began when Russia sent its troops to Ukraine on February 24.

French UN ambassador Nicolas de Rivière said Guterres had a “clear mandate twice a year to report on all these things and do technical assessments, so I think the UN secretariat will have to go [to Ukraine] and will go”.

António Guterres reports twice a year to the Security Council – traditionally in June and December – on the implementation of the 2015 resolution. Any assessment of drones in Ukraine would likely be included in this report.

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