U.S. sanctions Three Iranian companies for coordination with Russia

Iran’s Army chief, Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi and Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Major General Mohammad Bagheri visit an underground site with drones at an undisclosed location in Iran, in this handout image obtained on May 28, 2022. (Reuters photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — U.S. Imposed sanctions on three Iranian companies for involving in coordination with Russia’s military, the Treasury Department in a statement said on Thursday.

The U.S. Treasury Department designated Tehran-based Safiran Airport Services, accusing it of coordinating Russian military flights between Iran and Russia, including those associated with transporting drones, personnel, and related equipment, it said in the statement.

Tehran-based, Paravar Pars Company, Design, and Manufacturing of Aircraft Engines, and Baharestan Kish Company, were also designated by the Treasury for coordination in drone production and shipment to Russia.

The U.S. specified the accusations of being involved in the research, development, production, and procurement of Iranian drones, according to the statement.

The Treasury singled out Paravar Pars Company for involvement in the reverse engineering of U.S. and Israeli-made drones, without specifying which models.

It also designated Baharestan Kish Company’s managing director and a member of its board of directors, Rehmatollah Heidari.

“The Russian military is suffering from major supply shortages in Ukraine, in part because of sanctions and export controls, forcing Russia to turn to unreliable countries like Iran for supplies and equipment,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday.

“the United States will hold to account those that support Russia in the invasion of Ukraine,” Blinken added.

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