A pro-government military expert claimed on a Russian TV show that Russian troops are using Iranian drones in the war in Ukraine, a claim denied by both the Kremlin and Tehran.
Military expert Ruslan Pukhov (photo article) admitted, probably mistakenly, on the RBC television channel, that Russia is using Iranian drones in the war in Ukraine. Officially, both Moscow and Tehran deny the supply of these aircraft.
Ruslan Pukhov is a member of the public council of the Russian Ministry of Defense, co-founder and director of the Center for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, which publishes the Arms Export magazine, notes meduza.io.
Pukhov, apparently, did not expect that his words would go viral. He began speaking during a break, after the host of the show announced that a dialogue with him was coming. A few minutes before, the presenters of the show mentioned that the West accuses Iran of supplying Russia with Shahed-136 and Mohajer drones.
“Don’t rock the boat and talk too much about Iran”
Pukhov asked not to touch on the topic of Iranian drones and launched into explanations, after which the presenters, judging by the recording of the show, signaled him to stop.
The Russian official did not understand that his microphone was already on and told the hosts of the show: “don’t rock the boat and talk too much about Iran. We all know they are Iranian, but the authorities don’t recognize them“.
In the subsequent conversation, Iran’s deliveries of drones to Russia were not mentioned. At the same time, Pukhov noted that Russia, depending on the evolution of hostilities, will have to buy weapons from abroad. “And it’s nothing to be ashamed of. You have to row as hard as you can, don’t you?” said the military expert.
Russian official did not understand that his microphone was already on and asked the hosts: “don’t rock the boat” and don’t talk too much about Iran pic.twitter.com/qkxX7uE3Ot
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There are no recordings of the program with the participation of Pukhov, unlike many other versions of the show in RBC’s social networks. There is no video of the October 19 episode on the Russian television website either.
“I don’t remember saying that, it must have been some kind of production. Maybe it was, or maybe it wasn’t. I don’t remember, unfortunately. It was a long time agoPukhov reacted.
The topic of Iran’s drone deliveries to Russia was discussed on October 19 at a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council. According to the United States and several other Western countries, Iran’s export of drones violates restrictions imposed on it by Resolution no. 2231 of the UN Security Council, adopted in 2015 as part of the nuclear agreement.
On October 20, Dmitri Polianski, Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, qualified the position of Western countries as “disinformation” and an attempt to “distract the attention of the international community from their de facto participation in the conflict in Ukraine.” He also said that if the UN secretariat and secretary-general take part in “any illegal investigation” on the matter, Russia will have to “re-evaluate” its cooperation with them.
Tags: Russia, Ukraine, Iran, drones,
Publication date: 20-10-2022 18:58
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