BRUSSELS – The European Union agreed on a new round of sanctions against Iran on Wednesday, this time over the delivery of drones that Russia has used to attack battlefields and civilian targets in the country. Ukraine, according to three EU diplomats.
Diplomats said the sanctions would target the drone maker Shahed-136 as well as three individuals. They have been agreed by the national ambassadors. To take effect, they must be disclosed by all EU member states through a written procedure, which is expected to close on Thursday morning.
Iran has denied supplying drones to Russia for use in Ukraine. Josep Borrell Fontelles, the EU’s top diplomat, said on Monday that the European Union was looking for “concrete evidence” about Iran’s role in drone strikes in Ukraine.
The latest sanctions complement other sanctions the bloc has already imposed on Iran for reasons unrelated to the Ukraine war. Earlier this week, the European Union added two entities and several individuals, including two key figures in Iran’s ethics police force and the country’s information minister, to its sanctions list. for its recent violent crackdown on peaceful anti-government protesters.
Earlier, on Wednesday, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, the bloc’s executive body, called Russia’s targeted attacks on Ukrainian civilians and infrastructure a “crime” war evil”.
“The international order is clear. These are war crimes,” Ms. von der Leyen told European lawmakers gathered in the French city of Strasbourg. “Targeted attacks on civilian infrastructure with the express purpose of cutting off water, electricity and heating for men, women, and children in winter – these are the actions pure terror.”