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US is not planning Iran drone curbs on Wednesday

December 21, 2022 at 8:15 pm

A Shot down Iranian-made Shahed-136 drone allegedly used by Russia’s armed forces near Kupiansk in the north-eastern region of Kharkiv [@UAWeapons/Twitter]

The Biden administration is not planning on Wednesday to unveil export restrictions on Iranian drones that Russia has used to invade Ukraine, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The source was commenting on a Bloomberg report earlier on Wednesday that said the United States could include Iranian drone restrictions in a sanctions announcement expected to coincide with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s surprise trip to Washington.

The source was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Zelensky is set to visit Washington on Wednesday for talks with U.S. President Joe Biden and to address Congress in his first known trip abroad since Russia invaded his country.

The United States has previously imposed sanctions on companies and people it accused of producing or transferring Iranian drones that Russia has used to attack civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.

Iran has acknowledged sending drones to Russia but said they were sent before Russia’s February invasion. Moscow has denied its forces used Iranian drones in Ukraine.

Britain, which has also imposed sanctions over Iranian drones, accused Russia on Tuesday of planning to give Iran advanced military components in exchange for hundreds of drones.

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