Brussels also took action against 29 other people and a company over the crackdown on protesters following the death of Mahsa Amini< /h2>
Remains of Iranian drones used by Russian forces in Ukraine (Reuters)
The foreign ministers of the European Union approved this Monday new sanctions against Iran for providing weapons to Russia in its war against Ukraine and specifically affecting two generals and two companies, among others.
The generals belong to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the two companies are involved in the development and delivery of the drones that Russia is using it to bomb Ukrainian cities and considers that they are therefore responsible for “supporting actions that undermine the territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
EU ministers meeting in Brussels signed the inclusion of the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hossein Salami, on a blacklist by the supply of Iranian drones to Russia for use in Ukraine. The bloc also included the head of the Guard's air force, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, and the drone manufacturer Qods.
Last month, the EU already froze assets and banned visas for another Iranian drone maker and three top military officials over deliveries of kamikaze drones used to attack Ukraine's energy infrastructure.
Both sanctioned generals Hossein Salami and Amir Ali Hajizadeh (WANA/Reuters)
A senior EU official said the bloc was investigating reports of Iran's possible delivery of ballistic missiles to Russia and that it would further sanction Tehran if it sent the weapons.
Borrell said that until now Brussels had “no evidence” on the supply of ballistic missiles.
The two sanctioned individuals will be prohibited from entering the European Union as of today and both they and the two companies have had their property and assets in Community territory frozen.
Today is the second round of sanctions that the Twenty-seven approves against Iran for providing weapons to Russia, after on October 20 they already included three other individuals and a company on the list, responsible for supplying drones to kyiv.
Sanctions for the repression
In addition, the EU today approved more restrictive measures against 29 people and a company to repress the protesters who have been taking to the streets of Iran since the death of the young Mahsa Amini, including the Minister of the Interior, Ahmad Vahidi, and the chief of the Iranian ground forces, Kiyumars Heidari, among those he considered responsible for the repression of the demonstrations.
Four members of the brigade that arrested Amini were also blacklisted.
Among the organizations affected is the state network Press TV, which is accused of broadcasting “forced confessions of detainees” .
“The EU strongly condemns the unacceptable repressionviolence from the protesters,” EU chief Josep Borrell said in a statement.
“We stand with the Iranian people and support their right to protest peacefully and to express their demands and opinions freely.”
Tehran has warned against a “proportionate and firm” response to the EU for the extension of sanctions.
Last month, the EU hit Iran's “morality” police, Revolutionary Guards and IT minister in a first wave of sanctions over the crackdown.
Brussels has faced a difficult balancing act over its response to Tehran, as the EU is brokering to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Those efforts to get Iran and United States to rejoin the agreement have largely stalled. “It's not in a good way, you know, stagnation, but the work continues,” Borrell said.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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