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Iran rejects Guardian report about weapons smuggling to Russia
The British newspaper published claims saying that Iran smuggles weapons from Iraq to assist Russia's military operation in Ukraine
By News Desk - April 14 2022

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The Iranian Embassy in London rejected a report by The Guardian claiming that Russia is using weapons smuggled by Iran from Iraq against Ukraine, calling it “unrealistic and baseless storytelling.”

The Iranian Embassy wrote on its Twitter account: “The Guardian is expected to publish the truth, but today’s article contradicts this approach. Trying to link the recent conflict in Ukraine to the developments in the Middle East and mentioning the name of the Islamic Republic of Iran is an unprofessional and unacceptable act.”

The British newspaper claimed that Russia receives munitions and military hardware sourced from Iraq for its special military operation in Ukraine with the help of weapons smuggling networks through Iran.

It also reported that rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles, as well as Brazilian-designed rocket launcher systems, have been dispatched to Russia from Iraq “as Moscow’s campaign has faltered in the last month.”

However, the Iranian embassy lamented that while The Guardian is expected to publish the truth, the article did not live up to that expectation at all.

“We express our protest against this matter and demand the necessary action in this regard.”

Since the beginning of the conflict, Tehran has emphasized that it rejects both war and sanctions, calling for diplomatic efforts to immediately end the war.

The Islamic Republic has also voiced its readiness to cooperate with the relevant international organizations in providing humanitarian assistance.

In remarks made days into the military conflict in Ukraine, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said the US was to blame for the Ukraine crisis, adding that Ukraine fell victim to US policies and the multiple crises created by Washington.

Iran has always opposed war and destruction anywhere in the world, Ayatollah Khamenei said on 1 March.