UK sanctions Iran over supplying drones to Russia
Sanctions imposed against three Iranian citizens involved in the transfer of drones to Russia (Photo:Roman Petushkov/Reuters)
The UK government has introduced sanctions against three Iranian nationals and an Iranian company, over Tehran aiding the Russian war effort with the supply of Shahed-136 kamikaze drones, a message on the official Gov.uk website said on Oct. 20.
“By supplying these drones Iran is actively warmongering, profiting off Russia’s abhorrent attacks on Ukrainian citizens, and adding to the suffering of the people and the destruction of critical infrastructure,” the message reads.
“Both Russia and Iran are violating a UN Security Council Resolution that controls the transfer of these weapons from Iran.”
Three Iranian citizens responsible for the transfer of drones to Russia have their UK assets frozen and are banned from entry to the UK.
Additionally, Shahed Aviation Industries – the company that manufactures Shahed-136 drones – has its assets frozen.
“These cowardly drone strikes are an act of desperation,” UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said.
“By enabling these strikes, these individuals and a manufacturer have caused the people of Ukraine untold suffering. We will ensure that they are held to account for their actions.”
The EU has earlier introduced similar sanctions against Iran.
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