US to sanction three Russian firms over ‘purchase of Iranian drones’ for ongoing war in Ukraine

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Shahed 129 UAV seen during the Eqtedar 40 defence exhibition in Tehran. [Photo: Wikimedia/ Fars Media Corporation]

The United States has announced it will impose sanctions on three Russian organizations over the alleged purchase of Iranian drones for Moscow’s ongoing military offensive in Ukraine, international media reported.

During a White House briefing on Friday, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said sanctions would be introduced against entities “at the forefront in terms of acquiring and using Iranian drones.”

He named the Russian Aerospace Forces and the 924th State Center for Unmanned Aviation of the Russian Defense Ministry as two of the organizations, but did not name the third.

Washington claims Moscow has been illegally acquiring Iranian weapons and drones – in violation of sanctions imposed on Tehran – and presenting them as having been produced in Russia. Kirby further alleged that Russia and Iran were in the process of establishing a joint production facility for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Kiev has also insisted that the drones that are striking targets across Ukraine are Iranian and contain mostly US-made components and elements from a number of other countries, including Ukraine itself.


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