EU agrees on sanctions over Iranian drones used by Russia in Ukraine

Illustrative: In this photo released by the Iranian Army on August 25, 2022, a drone is launched in a military drone drill in Iran. (Iranian Army via AP)
Illustrative: In this photo released by the Iranian Army on August 25, 2022, a drone is launched in a military drone drill in Iran. (Iranian Army via AP)

The EU has agreed to sanction three individuals and one entity supplying Iranian drones to Russia that have been used to bomb Ukraine, the EU’s Czech presidency says.

“After 3 days of talks, EU ambassadors agreed on measures against entities supplying Iranian drones that hit Ukraine,” the presidency says on Twitter.

The sanctions will come into force today.

“EU states decided to freeze the assets of 3 individuals and 1 entity responsible for drone deliveries,” the presidency says. “The EU is also prepared to extend sanctions to 4 more Iranian entities that already featured in a previous sanctions list.”

Ukraine has accused Russia of using four Iranian-made drones to bomb Kyiv and said its air defenses have shot down 223 Iranian drones since mid-September.

The Kremlin says it has no knowledge of its army using Iranian drones in Ukraine and Tehran has said the claims that it is providing Russia with weapons are “baseless.”

European Council chief Charles Michel welcomes the move as he prepares to host the 27 EU leaders at a summit in Brussels this week.

“We take swift action against Iran who supports Russia’s war in Ukraine,” he says.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala says the sanctions are “aimed at the persons and entities that manufacture and supply the drones.”

“This is our clear response to the Iranian regime providing Russia with drones, which it uses to murder innocent Ukrainian citizens,” he says.

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