FILE PHOTO: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), what Ukrainian authorities consider to be an Iranian made suicide drone Shahed-136, and uses by Russian forces amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, is seen in a sky over Odesa, Ukraine September 23, 2022. REUTERS/Serhii Smolientsev/File Photo

 – Any use of Iranian drones in Russia’s war against Ukraine would mark an escalation of the conflict, Austria’s Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said on Monday.

“These kamikaze drones that we are seeing in Ukraine apparently now – this is an escalation,” he told reporters as he arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

He said providing equipment to Russia would amount to an active support for Moscow’s war against Ukraine.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold, Editing by Gabriela Baczynska)

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