Iranian drone suppliers to Russia sanctioned by Ottawa | War in Ukraine

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Iranian drone suppliers to Russia sanctioned by Ottawa | War in Ukraine

The sanctions imposed by Ottawa target the Supreme Leader's senior adviser for military affairs, Yahya Safavi, the head of logistics, General Sayed Hojatollah Qureishi, and the commander of the drones of the Revolutionary Guards (our photo), General of Saeed Aghajani brigade. (Archives)

Canada has announced new sanctions against Iran targeting in particular two arms companies which are accused of supplying drones and personnel to Russia to attack “civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine”.

The Ottawa-sanctioned companies Shahed Aviation Industries and Qods Aviation Industries are essential to the regime's ongoing activities aimed at destabilizing international peace and security, federal Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said in a statement.

Minister Joly notably accuses them of being involved in selling arms and sending Iranian military personnel to train and assist Russian forces.

This fifth round of sanctions imposed this year also targets the Supreme Leader's senior adviser for military affairs, Yahya Safavi, the head of logistics, General Sayed Hojatollah Qureishi, and the commander of the Revolutionary Guards' drones, General of Saeed Aghajani brigade.

New Canadian measures impose a ban on transactions with listed individuals and organizations, freezing any assets they may hold in Canada , underlines the government.

kyiv and its Western allies have accused Russia of using Iranian-made drones to carry out attacks in Ukraine in recent weeks.

Britain and the U.S. x27;European Union have already imposed sanctions on Iranian officials and arms companies.

In early November, Iran admitted supplying drones to Russia but assured that these deliveries had taken place before the offensive in Ukraine.

Earlier this week, Ottawa also permanently barred thousands of Iranian officials from entering Canada over what Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino called gross human rights violations. as well as terrorism.

Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino (Archives)

This is a regime that killed its own citizens. This is a regime that has also killed our citizens, the minister said Monday in reference to Tehran's deadly crackdown on protests and the tragedy of Flight PS752.

En January 2020, an Iranian missile attack on a Ukraine International Airlines plane killed 176 people, including 85 Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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