Zelensky and von der Leyen discuss extending sanctions against Iran

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen discussed with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday ways to address what the Commission described as Iran’s “negative” role in supporting Moscow in its war against Ukraine.

The Commission stated in a statement that the two sides also discussed, during a telephone conversation, the tightening of sanctions against Russia, which has been conducting a military operation since the end of February in Ukraine.

In addition, the statement adds, von der Leyen told the Ukrainian president that he will propose this week a large EU financial package in the amount of € 1.5 billion per month, for a total of € 18 billion.

He noted that this package would help in significantly to cover Ukraine’s funding needs for 2023.

Hundreds of Iranian marches

Yesterday, the Ukrainian president accused Tehran of lying about sending a limited number of drones in Russia, noting that Ukrainian forces shoot down at least 10 of these planes every day.

Kiev revealed that some 400 Iranian drones have already been used against civilians in Ukraine and that Moscow has ordered about 2,000 additional aircraft.

For its part, the “Wall Street Journal” reported that Iran is training Russian pilots in the use of gears.

In response, the European Union and the United Kingdom imposed sanctions on three Iranian generals and an arms company accused of supplying Russia with drones.

European sanctions

Meanwhile, the German newspaper “Der Spiegel” revealed yesterday, from informed sources, that Germany and eight countries of the European Union are planning to extend sanctions against Iran.

In September, Kiev decided to significantly reduce diplomatic relations with Tehran on the issue.

However, on Saturday, Iran admitted for the first time that it was sending drones in Russia, but stressed that he had supplied them to his ally before the Russian operation in Ukraine.

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