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Germany and allies push for EU sanctions on Iran's missile industry

Germany and allies push for EU sanctions on Iran's missile industry Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Germany and eight other countries are calling on the European Union to impose sanctions against the Iranian missile industry, according to Spiegel.

Iran is supplying missiles and drones on a massive scale not only to Russia but also to radical Islamists in the Middle East.

In connection with this, Germany and eight other EU countries are calling for new sanctions. This emerges from a letter from German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and several of her colleagues to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell.

However, Borrell is not rushing to respond. The letter, signed by Baerbock and the foreign ministers of France, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and the Netherlands, is dated February 19. However, Borrell has not responded yet.

A spokesperson for the European External Action Service (EEAS), headed by Borrell, explained that they do not comment as a matter of principle on exchanges between Borrell and EU member states. The sanctions procedure is also confidential.

Foreign weapons in Russia

Iran became the first country to supply weapons to Russia for the war with Ukraine. Thus, the Russian army regularly receives Shahed strike drones from Iran, which attack Ukrainian cities and infrastructure. In addition, Iran helped Russia set up its own production of these drones.

In addition to Iran, North Korea is supplying weapons to Russia. Initially, Russia received artillery shells and ammunition for MLRS from North Korea.

However, it has recently become known that North Korea has transferred its ballistic missiles to Russia. With these missiles, the Russians have already attacked Ukraine.