Officials from the United States, the United Kingdom and France will raise Iran’s apparent provision of drones to Russia at a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, a US official confirmed to NBC News.
The three allies, who were also members of the original 2015 Iran nuclear deal, have alleged that by providing Russia with weapons for its war against Ukraine, Iran is violating the UN resolution that codified the deal.
“Iran’s supply of these specific types of unmanned aerial vehicles to Russia is a violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231 and this is a problem for the UN Security Council,” he told reporters on Tuesday. journalists the deputy spokesman for the Department of State, Vedant Patel.
Patel cited a provision in the deal that “prohibits the transfer from Iran of all items, materials, equipment and goods and technology unless approved in advance by the UN Security Council on a case-by-case basis.”
The types of unmanned aerial vehicles in question meet the parameters because they are capable of a range equal to or greater than 300 kilometers (186 miles), Patel added.
Officials will raise the issue after Ukrainian authorities said a wave of deadly drone attacks hit Kyiv on Monday morning and were also reported overnight in the southern city of Mykolaiv.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Iranian-made drones bombed Kyiv, setting off multiple explosions and killing at least four people, including a young family expecting a child.
NBC News has not independently confirmed the deaths.
Zelenskyy described Russia’s apparent move to acquire Iranian-made drones as an “admission by the Kremlin that it is militarily and politically bankrupt. Dozens of years they spent billions of dollars on their military-industrial complex, but in the end they had to go to Tehran.”
An Iranian Foreign Ministry official denied the claims, saying the country has a “clear and principled policy on active impartiality and opposition to war.”
Russia’s Defense Ministry did not directly acknowledge the attacks in Kyiv, but said it used “high-precision, long-range air and sea weapons” to destroy military and energy targets.
A senior US defense official has said US intelligence shows that Iran appears to have supplied Russia with hundreds of autonomous flying vehicles that explode on impact. The official also said that the drones launched by Russia inside Ukraine appeared to come from Iran.
Iran has denied the claim that it has delivered drones to Russia for use in the war against Ukraine.