EU agrees new sanctions against Iranian drones in Ukraine | War news between Russia and Ukraine

The EU agrees to sanctions against three people and one entity for the supply of drones to Russia, the presidency says.

European Union countries have passed sanctions against Iran over Iranian-made drones supplied to Russia and used in attacks on Ukraine, the Czech presidency of the EU Council has said.

“After three days of negotiations, EU ambassadors have agreed on measures against entities supplying Iranian drones that hit Ukraine,” the presidency said on Twitter on Thursday.

Ukraine has accused Russia of using Iranian-made “kamikaze” drones in attacks on cities and energy infrastructure in recent weeks. It says its military has shot down more than 220 Iranian drones since mid-September. The mayor of the capital, Kiev, said Russia killed four people in a drone strike on Monday.

Iran has repeatedly denied allegations that it supplied drones to Russia as “baseless and unsubstantiated”. The Kremlin says it knows nothing about Russian troops using Iranian drones in Ukraine.

Russia has denied targeting civilians in the conflict, which began on February 24 when Russian forces launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The EU’s punitive measures were expected to come into effect later on Thursday.

“EU states have decided to freeze the assets of 3 people and 1 entity responsible for drone deliveries,” the presidency said.

“The EU is also ready to extend sanctions to four more Iranian entities already on a previous sanctions list,” it said.

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

“We are taking swift action against Iran, which is supporting the Russian war in Ukraine,” he said.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said the sanctions were “targeted at the individuals and entities producing and supplying the drones”.

“This is our clear response to the Iranian regime providing Russia with drones, which it uses to kill innocent Ukrainian civilians,” he said.

Britain has also condemned Iran’s decision to supply drones and training to Russia, and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly would make an announcement later on Thursday about taking action with the help of Britain’s sanctions regime on Iran. drones, the State Department said.

“Iran’s delivery of drones violates UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and is further evidence of Iran’s role in undermining global security,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.

The statement comes a day after Iran imposed sanctions on several British individuals and institutions in what appeared to be a countermeasure to London’s stance over the protests that gripped Iran over the past month following the death of a young woman in police custody.

The sanctions, published on the Telegram page of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, include a ban on issuing visas and other ineffective measures, such as the seizure of assets of designated persons in Iran.

BBC Persian, the intelligence organization Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and people such as conservative politicians Stephen Crabb and Tom Tugendhat appear on Tehran’s sanctions list.

The foreign ministry said individuals and entities had been targeted by Tehran for “their deliberate actions in support of terrorism and terrorist groups, inciting and inciting terrorism and violence, promoting hatred and violating human rights”.

“By imposing these sanctions, the Islamic Republic of Iran holds the British government accountable and accountable for supporting terrorists and human rights abusers who organize and instigate riots and terrorist acts in Iran from British soil.”

On October 10, Britain imposed sanctions on senior Iranian security officials and the so-called “morality police”, saying the police had used threats of detention and violence to monitor what Iranian women wear and how they behave in public.

The EU on Monday imposed sanctions on the ‘morality police’ and senior Iranian officials for its continued crackdown on anti-government protests.

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