Ukrainian Leader Volodomyr Zelensky Calls for 50-Year Sanctions on Iran

On May 28, 2023, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky submitted a draft resolution to the country’s parliament that would impose sanctions on Iran for a period of 50 years, over allegations about Iran’s arms deployments to Russia.

This legislation features a total prohibition on trade, investment activity,  and technological transfers with Iran.

On top of that, the bill bans Iranian transportation across Ukrainian territory in addition to banning Iranian aircraft from using its airspace and impedes the withdrawal of Iranian assets from Ukraine.

The bill prohibits the National Bank of Ukraine from registering an international payment system that Iran operates. In turn, this obligates the cabinet, the Foreign Intelligence Service, and the Security Service to execute the anti-Iran restrictive measures.

Zelensky’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, said the draft resolution is a response to Iran’s alleged deployment of military aid to Russia.

In a video, Zelensky asserted that Iranians were being dragged to “the dark side of history” over the Iranian government’s alleged shipment of drones to Russia.

As a response, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani declare that the Ukrainian president had put on a “political show” replete with “worthless” allegations in an attempt to attract more Western weapons.

“The repetition of false claims by the Ukrainian president against the Islamic Republic is in line with the propaganda and media war of the anti-Iranian axis against Iran’s government and people with the aim of securing as much arms and financial aid as possible from Western countries,” he declared in a statement on May 27.

Ukraine and nations of the Collective West countries have frequently accused Iran of supplying Russia with military drones for use in the war, which Iranian authorities have repeatedly denied. 

Whether or not Iran has supplied Russia with drones is still up in the air. One thing is certain: The Russo-Iranian rapprochement is here to stay. 

And it’s the result of the US’s bone-headed foreign policy against both countries — a development that has brought them together. It’s unlikely that US policymakers will come to their senses here and acknowledge their mistakes. As a result, interventionism and geopolitical instability will increase.

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