The US Treasury Division on Tuesday unveiled further sanctions on the entities concerned within the manufacturing and switch of Iranian drones to Russia.
The sanctions goal a number of aviation associated corporations and two people – Abbas Djuma and Tigran Khristoforovich Srabionov – who facilitated the Russian mercenary Wagner Group’s “acquisition of UAVs from Iran,” in keeping with the division.
“As we’ve demonstrated repeatedly, the US is decided to sanction individuals and corporations, regardless of the place they’re situated, that assist Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated in a press release.
“As we speak’s motion exposes and holds accountable corporations and people which have enabled Russia’s use of Iranian-built UAVs to brutalize Ukrainian civilians. That is a part of our bigger effort to disrupt Russia’s battle effort and deny the tools it wants via sanctions and export controls.”
Final month, the US sanctioned an air transportation supplier for its involvement within the cargo of the Iranian drones to Russia. Such drones have performed a major function within the battle in Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion in late February. They’re able to circling for a while in an space recognized as a possible goal and hanging solely as soon as an enemy asset is recognized.
Russia has launched a sequence of drone assaults throughout Ukraine in current weeks, hanging important civilian infrastructure and sowing terror in Ukrainian cities removed from the frontlines of the battle.
Whereas Iranian officers for months denied supplying Russia with any weapons to be used in Ukraine, Iran’s authorities acknowledged this month sending a restricted variety of drones to Russia within the months earlier than the beginning of its invasion of Ukraine.
“Some western international locations have accused Iran of serving to the battle in Ukraine by offering drones and missiles to Russia. The half concerning missiles is totally incorrect. The half about drones is right, we did present a restricted variety of drones to Russia within the months earlier than the beginning of the battle in Ukraine,” Iranian International Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian advised reporters in Tehran.
Officers from a western nation that intently displays Iran’s weapons program additionally advised CNN earlier this month that Iran is making ready to ship extra assault drones, together with surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missiles, to Russia to make use of in its battle effort.