Ministry of Commerce: Iranian airlines violate sanctions against Russia

Ministry of Commerce: Iranian airlines violate sanctions against Russia

Ministry of Commerce: Iranian airlines violate sanctions against Russia

Ministry of Trade. Washington DC (file photo)   Ministry of Commerce: Iranian airlines violate sanctions against Russia

Iranian cargo planes serving Russia added to sanctions list for violating export controls

The Ministry of Commerce said on Monday it would add three Iranian cargo planes serving Russia to a list of aircraft violating U.S. export controls under sanctions imposed by the Biden administration.

Using commercially available data, the Department of Commerce identified Boeing 747 aircraft operated by Mahan Air, Qeshm Fars Air and Iran Air that were carrying goods, including electronics, to Russia in clear violation of the stringent U.S. export controls on Russia related to its invasion of Ukraine. These are the first three Iranian aircraft identified, the ministry said.

The ministry warned that any refueling, maintenance, repairs, spare parts or services would violate US export controls.

Iran has publicly announced its intention to expand cooperation with Russia in the aviation sector by providing spare parts for its aircraft, the Commerce Ministry said. violations of US export controls, the ministry said. The three Iranian airlines identified on Monday have already been subject to a series of US government restrictions.

Undersecretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Matthew Axelrod said US “control measures, especially on goods such as electronics and aircraft parts have degraded Russia's military industrial base, severely limiting its access to the global economy.”

“When Russia tries to co-opt rogue states like Iran to make up for what cut off by the international community, we will take action to stop such attempts and disrupt such ties,” he added.