The Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand Nanaia Mahuta noted on February 15, 2023, that the government of New Zealand has announced new sanctions against Iranian citizens and companies involved in the supply of drones to Russia.
The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nanaia Mahuta, announced, the new sanctions will apply to citizens and organizations involved in the supply of drones to Russia for attacks on the civil infrastructure of Ukraine, and will also affect those responsible for the suppression of protests that took place in the country last fall.
“Iran’s supply and manufacture of drones to Russia threatens the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. These drones are targeting civilians and vital infrastructure, causing suffering and devastation for the Ukrainian people. In order to place pressure on Russia’s war machine, we are sanctioning a further eight Iranian individuals and entities. They will be subject to asset freezes, travel bans and have restrictions on commercial activity with anyone in New Zealand,” explained Nanaia Mahuta.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand specified that the heads of enterprises related to the development and production of weapons, as well as the commander of the Iranian Air Force, Mohammad Alavi, were included in the new list of sanctions.