US sanctions Iranian ‘persons’ involved in sending drones to Russia

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The US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on Iranian “persons” involved in supplying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Russia during the deadly war in Ukraine.

The ministry said on Thursday that an air transport service provider, three companies and one person involved in “research, development, production and purchase of Iranian UAVs and UAV components” have been designated by the US for aiding Moscow as it continues its war effort. to supply. .

“Russia is making increasingly desperate choices to continue its unprovoked war against Ukraine, especially in light of our unprecedented sanctions and export controls,” said Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian Nelson.

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Russische soldaten poseren bij een T-80-tank in een positie dicht bij de Azovstal-frontlinie in de belegerde havenstad Mariupol.  <span class="auteursrechten">Maximilian Clarke/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images</span>” data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/3yVSz1S1xIjNdZ07JWS4AQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTEyNDI7aD02OTk-/https://s.yimg.com/uu/apigiQ –~B/aD03MjA7dz0xMjgwO2FwcGlkPXl0YWNoeW9u/https://media.zenfs.com/en/aol_fox_news_text_745/c9df5a0c380f5452868792f741e4505e”/><noscript><img alt=Maximilian Clarke/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/3yVSz1S1xIjNdZ07JWS4AQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTEyNDI7aD02OTk-/https://s.yimg.com/uu1.2/apiQiQres ~B/aD03MjA7dz0xMjgwO2FwcGlkPXl0YWNoeW9u/https://media.zenfs.com/en/aol_fox_news_text_745/c9df5a0c380f5452868792f741e4505e” class=”caas-img”/>

Russian soldiers pose near a T-80 tank in a position close to the Azovstal front line in the besieged port city of Mariupol. Maximilian Clarke/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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Nelson said the US “doesn’t hesitate” to impose sanctions on any entity or person that aids Russia in continuing its war effort.

The US and its international allies warned in the onslaught of the war that not only Russia would be the target of severe international sanctions, but any nation or entity that would aid Moscow during its war in Ukraine.

Safiran Airport Services has been accused of coordinating with the Russian military and shipping personnel, UAVs and related equipment from Iran to Russia.

Paravar Pars Company, Design and Manufacturing of Aircraft Engines, the Baharestan Kish Company and its General Manager Rehmatollah Heidari have been designated by the US to manufacture Shahed series UAVs along with related components for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is being considered a terrorist organization by the US

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Een lid van de Iraanse Revolutionaire Garde poseert voor een foto met Shahed-171 (Simorgh) Drone tijdens de Defensive Achievements Exhibition van de 40e verjaardag van de Islamitische Revolutie in de Grote Moskee van Imam Khomeini in het centrum van Teheran op de tweede dag van de tiendaagse viering van de verjaardag van de Islamitische Revolutie, 2 februari 2019. <span class="auteursrechten">Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images</span>” data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/0x5KF3iX0cHGKxAJWTehbQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTEyNDI7aD02OTk-/https://s.yimg.com/uu4/Apiwx –~B/aD03MjA7dz0xMjgwO2FwcGlkPXl0YWNoeW9u/https://media.zenfs.com/en/aol_fox_news_text_745/effe29de8bcb7e3cba14f3ffc092f54c”/><noscript><img alt=Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/0x5KF3iX0cHGKxAJWTehbQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTEyNDI7aD02OTk-/https://s.yimg.com/uu1.2/api ~B/aD03MjA7dz0xMjgwO2FwcGlkPXl0YWNoeW9u/https://media.zenfs.com/en/aol_fox_news_text_745/effe29de8bcb7e3cba14f3ffc092f54c” class=”caas-img”/>

A member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard poses for a photo with Shahed-171 (Simorgh) Drone during the Defensive Achievements Exhibition of the 40th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution at Imam Khomeini’s Grand Mosque in central Tehran on the second day of the 10-day celebration of the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, February 2, 2019. Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images

RUSSIA ALREADY EXPERIENCES TECHNICAL FAULTS WITH IRANEAN DRONES

Thursday’s sanctions mean that the companies or people affiliated with them are no longer allowed to enter the US or transact with anyone in the US

The designation comes about two months after the US first accused Iran of “donating” hundreds of drones to Russia to aid its supplies in Ukraine.

The Biden administration announced earlier this week that Russia is also looking to North Korea to buy missiles and artillery shells for its war effort.

“The United States will hold to account those who support Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine,” the State Department said late Thursday night. “We will also use all available tools, including sanctions, to prevent, deter and dismantle the procurement networks that supply UAV-related materials and technology to Iran.”

The US Treasury Department noted in its announcement that sanctions are not intended to “punish” but to encourage a “positive change in behavior”.

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