Iran accuses US of stoking Ukraine war in UN speech, sparking Israel walkout


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Iran’s president Ebrahim Raisi, in a lengthy set-piece speech to the UN general assembly, accused America of fanning the flames of violence in Ukraine, prompting protests from Israel’s representative to the UN. Raisi claimed any Iranian-made drones hitting Ukrainian cities had been sold before the war started and said he was in favour of peace in Ukraine, on the same day that Tehran hosted a Russian defence delegation led by its defence minister, Sergei Shoigu. Raisi’s triumphalist speech claiming he had overcome US intelligence efforts to topple his regime, asserted the future belonged to countries in his sphere and the...