Iran might change its stances on the war in Ukraine following the Kyiv government’s implicit admission of having a role in a recent drone attack on a military site in central Iran that was repelled by the air defense units, an informed source said.
Speaking to Iran’s Nour News, the unnamed source said the hostile remarks by an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky could lead to “different reactions” from Tehran.
“Ukraine’s insistence on threatening Iran’s national security can pave the way for mulling a change in the positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding the war in Ukraine and adopting a new approach proportionate to the behavior of the Kyiv government,” the source said.
“If the hostile statements of Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the Ukrainian president, against Iran are not corrected by the country’s authorities, they can lead to different reactions by the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the source added, Press TV reported.
In a statement released on Sunday, the Iranian Defense Ministry announced that one of its workshop complexes in Isfahan had come under attack from a number of Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs), but the complex’s air defenses successfully repelled the attack.
The ministry underscored that the unsuccessful attack did not cause any loss of life and only led to minor damage to the roof of a workshop. The complex, it added, continues its ordinary operations following the attack.
Reacting to the report, Podolyak took to Twitter on Sunday to express his joy. He said that “Ukraine did warn you.”
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned Ukraine’s charge d’affaires to give explanations about Podolyak’s remarks.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s ally, Israel, has been blamed for the foiled attack. The Wall Street Journal said in a report that “Israel carried out the drone attack on an Iranian military center for research and development at midnight Saturday.”
Citing unnamed American officials and people familiar with the operation, the paper added that the attack targeted “what some sources said was Material and Energy Laboratory of Isfahan with ‘small drones’.”
The source also told Nour News that Iran has been pursuing a principled stance on the war in Ukraine since its outset and repeatedly emphasized the necessity of stopping the military conflict and resolving it through dialogue.
“While the Ukrainian government, incited by its Western partners, has falsely accused Iran of providing arms support to Russia during the war in Ukraine, it has not yet been able to provide any evidence to prove its claim,” they said.
The source noted that Iran has repeatedly called for holding a joint meeting with the Ukrainian side to discuss any possible evidence pertaining to Kyiv’s accusations against Tehran.
“In the last joint meeting held between the political and military experts of the two countries in Qatar, the Ukrainian side did not present any document to prove the claim of Iran’s arms support to Russia, and it was agreed that the documents will be presented in the next meetings,” added the source.