Iran says it won’t ‘seek permission’ to expand its relations with Russia

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani speaks during a press conference in the capital Tehran on October 3, 2022. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani speaks during a press conference in the capital Tehran on October 3, 2022. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Iran’s Foreign Ministry says it will not “seek permission from anyone” to expand relations with Russia, dismissing US concerns over a growing military partnership between Tehran and Moscow.

Western countries have accused Iran of supplying drones to Russia, allegedly used to attack Ukraine, and slapped sanctions on Tehran, which denies the allegations.

Tehran “acts independently in regulating its foreign relations and does not seek permission from anyone,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani says. Iran’s “national interests” dictate its policies, he adds.

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