6 January 2023

The U.S. designated “seven individuals in leadership positions with Quds Aviation Industries (QAI), an Iranian defence manufacturer responsible for the design and production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and of Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organisation (AIO), the main organisation responsible for overseeing Iran’s ballistic missile programs”. The State Department underlined that “the Iranian regime’s military support to Russia not only fuels the conflict in Ukraine but has also resulted in violations of UN Security Council resolution 2231, adding: Iran has now become Russias top military backer. Iran must cease its support for Russias unprovoked war of aggression in Ukraine, and we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to disrupt and delay these transfers and impose costs on actors engaged in this activity

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