Zelenskyy accuses Iran of participating in 'blood money' deal to arm Russia

Tehran would possibly want to examine with Ukraine about claims that it is arming Russia with lethal “kamazaki” drones, however President Voldomyr Zelenskyy mentioned Wednesday he would not notion the phrases of Iran’s leaders.

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

“They’re killing our people,” Zelenskyy mentioned. “So what notion can we discuss about?

“Iran supplied [Russia] with drones, [they] current murders, murders of Ukrainians. that is their settlement. A monetary settlement. Blood money for Iran.”

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

Ukraine’s overseas minister has proposed to Zelenskyy that he minimize diplomatic ties with Iran following a wave of drone assaults throughout the nation which killed a quantity of people and damaged 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 supplied intelligence that backs up his authorities’s place. He did not tackle stories that suggest Iranians are teaching Russians inside the utilization of the drones in Crimea.

“they will’t be trusted,” Zelenskky mentioned, “and that i emphasize, it is not people. they’re additionally brainwashed contained in the nation, inside the identical strategy Russia does it. They inform their people, ‘We did not promote something,’ however all it will very properly be a lie, [a] clear lie. They kill our people.”

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 private safety contractors depart the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear power Plant, which has been occupied for a quantity of months. in the event that they do not, he mentioned, the worldwide Atomic power agency (IAEA) “ought to break all their relations with Russia.”

The IAEA’s director regular Rafael Mariano Grossi doubled down in latest days on the agency’s pressing name for the institution of a safety zone throughout the plant.

Zelenskyy additionally expressed gratitude all by the interview for Canada’s assist, saying he appreciates the exact plain actuality that he by no means has to face in line to examine with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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

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