Switzerland joins EU in sanctioning Iran over supply of drones to Russia

2 November 2022, 08:51 PM
Since early October, Russian troops have been attacking Ukrainian cities with Iranian-made kamikaze drones. (Photo:REUTERS/Roman Petushkov)

Since early October, Russian troops have been attacking Ukrainian cities with Iranian-made kamikaze drones. (Photo:REUTERS/Roman Petushkov)

The Swiss government has imposed sanctions against three Iranian citizens and a drone manufacturing company – for their involvement in supplying Russia with kamikaze drones used against Ukraine, Swiss Federal Council said in a press release on Nov. 2.

“The Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy, which is responsible for sanctions, has decided, together with the Federal Foreign Office, to adopt EU sanctions on the supply of Iranian drones to Russia,” said the statement.

The message specified Iranian entities that were sanctioned by the EU:

· Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, Chief of the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces;

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· General Seyed Hojatollah Ghoreishi, Director of the Industrial Research Unit of the Ministry of Defense;

· Brigadier General Seyed Aghajani, Commander of the Aerospace Forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps;

· Shahed Aviation Industries, an Iranian drone manufacturer.

At the same time, Switzerland decided not to join the EU sanctions imposed against Iran in relation to the regime’s violent suppression of domestic protests.

“The decision was made considering all domestic and foreign interests of Switzerland,” the message said.

Since the beginning of October, Russia has been attacking Ukrainian cities with Iranian-made kamikaze drones. According to intelligence reports, Iran plans to supply Russia with over 200 combat drones in November.

CNN reported that Iranian authorities also intend to supply Moscow with 1,000 short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, to be used against Ukraine.

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