Washington Seeks to Prevent the Sale of Iranian Drones to Russia

Bayan News – In the latest development, the Financial Times has reported that the United States, within the framework of an unwritten but extensive agreement, has asked Iran to halt the sale of drones to Russia.

Citing an Iranian official and another source, the report states that Washington is pressuring Tehran to refrain from sending drones and components of these weapons to Moscow, which is currently using them against Ukraine.

This comes as Iran and the United States are seeking to reduce tensions and revive nuclear negotiations.

On Wednesday, August 15, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that he welcomes any action by Iran aimed at “reducing the escalating nuclear tensions.”

The Financial Times added that discussions on Iranian drones were conducted simultaneously with talks about the release of American prisoners held in Iran.

During these discussions, Iran transferred four Americans from Evin prison to house arrest.

According to some sources, Iran is expected to release five American citizens in exchange for the release of $6 billion of its blocked assets in South Korea.

Last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian stated that Russian officials have assured Tehran that they will “never use Iranian equipment in the context of existing defense cooperation” in the war against Ukraine.

Amir-Abdollahian emphasized, “Iran has not been and is not involved in the Ukrainian conflict on either side.”

The Iranian Foreign Minister stated that Moscow is an important neighbor for Tehran and added that his country has relations with both the East and the West “within the framework of its own interests.”

Kyiv and Western countries have accused Iran of providing drones to Russia for use against Ukraine.

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