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EU: IRANIAN ENTITY SANCTIONED FOR SUPPORTING RUSSIA WITH DRONES

Three Iranian individuals and a corporation have been sanctioned by the European Union for delivering Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Russia that have been used in the invasion of Ukraine.

Adopting the Council Regulation 2022/1985 of 20 October 2022, which implements Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine, the European Union included three Iranian individuals and one Iranian corporation to the list of the persons subject to restrictive measures for undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine.


Their inclusion is justified because of "their role in the development and delivery of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) used by Russia in its war against Ukraine... Those designated are subject to an asset freeze and EU citizens and companies are forbidden from making funds available to them. Natural persons are additionally subject to a travel ban, which prevents them from entering or transiting through EU territories."


The Iranian corporate entity subject to sanction is the Shahed Aviation Industries, which is an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force-linked company. The firm has designed and developed the Shahed series of Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Shahed series drones were supplied to the Russian Federation and are used in the war of aggression against Ukraine.

Therefore, Shahed Aviation Industries has been considered "responsible for supporting materially actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine."


Download the relevant European Union regulation:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022 no 1985
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