After agreeing to send rallies to Russia, the European Union is considering expanding sanctions against Iran

The European Union is considering expanding sanctions on Iran after it approved sending rallies to Russia.

And the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, revealed on Saturday, informed sources, that Germany and eight countries in the European Union are planning to expand sanctions against Iran.

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian admitted for the first time that his country had provided Russia with drones, and insisted that the transfer came before the Russian military operation on Ukraine, which saw the use of Iranian-made drones in the bombing of Kyiv.

And before that he said US Special Envoy for IranRobert Malley said on Friday that the Iranian leadership would not be able to get away with aiding what he described as Russia’s “brutal aggression” against Ukraine.

In an interview with Al-Arabiya channel earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba had confirmed that the Russian missiles and Iranian drones targeted the Ukrainian infrastructure.

Kuleba said that “Russia destroyed several villages by targeting them with missiles and marches,” adding that Kyiv “wants to ensure that Iran does not provide Russia with drones.”

He stressed that Ukraine will completely terminate diplomatic relations with Iran because of its support for Russia, saying that Tehran “is making a big mistake by cooperating militarily with Russia in the war.”

Kuleba also confirmed that Ukraine has “evidence that the drones used by Russia are of Iranian origin,” adding: “We have information confirming that Iran has supplied Russia with missiles as well.”

Despite continuous Russian and Iranian denials before, Ukrainian forces have repeatedly confirmed that they have shot down hundreds of Iranian-made drones.

Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuri Ihnat said in a previous press briefing that his forces had shot down more than 300 Iranian Shahed-136 drones so far.

In turn, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba indicated that his country had shot down more than 260 Iranian marches launched by Russian forces.

Tehran promised and broke

He also explained that Kyiv received the first indication of Tehran’s intention to provide Moscow with these rallies several months ago. He stressed that his country then contacted the Iranian authorities immediately, and it pledged, through verbal and written assurances, that it would not take that step, as he put it.

He also added in an interview with the American “Axios” website, that Tehran has since dropped hundreds of drones over Ukraine, he said.

It is noteworthy that the file of the marches was a strain on the relationship between Kyiv and Tehran, as the former expelled the Iranian ambassador and reduced its diplomatic relations with Iran.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also recently recommended to President Volodymyr Zelensky to permanently sever ties with Iran, but such a decision has not yet been taken.

Since the beginning of this month, the Ukrainian authorities have officially accused Iran of providing Russian forces with suicide drones, stressing that dozens of attacks were carried out this month on its territory.

It also sent a letter to the United Nations, confirming the existence of debris to prove its accusations.

This file has also opened to Russia and Iran a new chapter of the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union.

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