The US sanctions companies involved in the production and transfer of Iranian drones to Russia


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The US Treasury Department on Tuesday introduced additional sanctions on entities involved in the production and transfer of Iranian drones to Russia.

The sanctions target several aviation-related companies and two individuals — Abbas Djuma and Tigran Khristoforovich Srabionov — who facilitated “the acquisition of UAVs from Iran” by the Russian mercenary Wagner Group, according to the department .

“As we have demonstrated repeatedly, the United States is determined to sanction individuals and companies, no matter where they are located, who support Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement .

“Today’s action exposes and holds accountable companies and individuals who have allowed Russia to use Iranian-built UAVs to brutalize Ukrainian civilians. This is part of our larger effort to disrupt Russia’s war effort and denying it the equipment it needs through sanctions and export controls.”

Last month, the US sanctioned an airline supplier for its involvement in sending Iranian drones to Russia. These drones have played a major role in the conflict in Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion in late February. They are able to circle for a time in an area identified as a potential target and strike only once an enemy asset is identified.

Russia has launched a series of drone strikes in Ukraine in recent weeks, hitting vital civilian infrastructure and sowing terror in Ukrainian cities far from the front lines of the war.

While Iranian officials denied for months that they had supplied Russia with any weapons for use in Ukraine, Iran’s government acknowledged this month that it had sent a limited number of drones to Russia in the months before the start of his invasion of Ukraine.

“Some western countries have accused Iran of helping the war in Ukraine by providing drones and missiles to Russia. The part about missiles is completely wrong. The part about drones is correct, we provided a limited number of drones to Russia during the months before the start of the war in Ukraine,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told reporters in Tehran.

Officials from a Western country that closely monitors Iran’s weapons program also told CNN earlier this month that Iran is preparing to send more attack drones, along with ballistic missiles short-range surface-to-surface, to Russia for use in its war effort.

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