Zelenskyy accuses Iran of engaging in ‘blood money’ deal to arm Russia

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Tehran might want to discuss with Ukraine about claims that it is arming Russia with lethal “kamazaki” drones however — in an unique interview with Canadian media — President Voldomyr Zelenskyy mentioned Wednesday he would not belief the phrases of Iran’s leaders.

The Ukrainian president sat down with each CBC News and CTV News for a roundtable interview on the presidential palace in Kyiv. Zelenskyy informed Canadian reporters he would not imagine Iran’s public denials.

“They’re killing our folks,” Zelenskyy mentioned. “So what belief can we discuss?

“Iran equipped [Russia] with drones, [they] provide murders, murders of Ukrainians. This is their settlement. A monetary settlement. Blood cash for Iran.”

Iran’s international ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani repeated Tehran’s denials in a media assertion late Tuesday and — for the primary time — expressed a readiness to interact in “dialogue and negotiation with Ukraine to clear these allegations.”

Ukraine’s international minister has proposed to Zelenskyy that he reduce diplomatic ties with Iran following a wave of drone assaults throughout the nation which killed a number of folks and broken infrastructure.

Zelenskyy mentioned the Ukrainian authorities has no doubts that Iranian Shahed-136 “kamikaze” drones had been behind the assaults. He mentioned allied nations have individually offered intelligence that backs up his authorities’s place. He didn’t deal with reviews that counsel Iranians are coaching Russians in the use of the drones in Crimea.

“They can’t be trusted,” Zelenskky mentioned, “And I emphasize, it isn’t folks. They are additionally brainwashed contained in the nation, in the identical approach Russia does it. They inform their folks, ‘We didn’t promote something,’ however all it is a lie, [a] clear lie. They kill our folks.”

Firefighters work after a drone assault on buildings in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 17, 2022. (Roman Hrytsyna/Associated Press)

The Ukrainian president additionally referred to as on the worldwide group to demand that Russian troops and personal safety contractors depart the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, which has been occupied for a number of months. If they do not, he mentioned, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “ought to break all their relations with Russia.”

The IAEA’s director common Rafael Mariano Grossi doubled down in latest days on the company’s pressing name for the institution of a security zone across the plant.

Zelenskyy additionally expressed gratitude throughout the interview for Canada’s assist, saying he appreciates the truth that he by no means has to stand in line to communicate with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

He sidestepped a query about his authorities’s plea for extra armoured autos past what Canada already has promised and delivered.

Zelenskyy selected as a substitute to reward the Canadian authorities’s swift supply of financial assist, which has helped to preserve the Ukrainian economic system afloat.

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