According to a senior EU diplomat, the organization is looking for hard evidence of any Iranian assistance in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In recent weeks, Ukraine has received reports of a wave of Russian attacks using drones built in Iran, the Shahed-136. Russian drones were not supplied by Iran, according to the Kremlin, which has not responded.
Josep Borrell told reporters as he arrived for a conference of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg that “we will look for concrete evidence about the participation (of Iran in the Ukraine war),” adding that Dmytro Kuleba from Ukraine would attend the event.
According to two officials involved in preparing the ministerial meetings, the EU could opt to move toward slapping further sanctions against Iran over the issue, while no specific decisions were anticipated on Monday.
Jeppe Kofod, the foreign minister of Denmark, said the EU should respond vehemently to recent airstrikes on Kyiv, where drones targeted structures close to the city’s main train station on Monday morning during rush hour.
“What we can see now: Iranian drones are used apparently to attack in the middle of Kyiv, this is an atrocity,” Kofod said, saying the EU had to take “concrete steps” in response to that, as well as Tehran cracking down on protesters at home.