New Zealand declares additional sanctions on Russia, Iran against role in Ukraine war


(MENAFN) New Zealand's recent announcement of expanded sanctions against Russia and Iran reflects its ongoing condemnation and firm stance against their roles in the Ukraine conflict. Foreign Minister Winston Peters outlined the new measures, which target specific individuals and entities involved in Russia's military-industrial complex and those providing military support to Russia.

The sanctions notably include designations aimed at Russian figures implicated in the illegal transfer of weaponry from North Korea to Russia, allegedly destined for use in Ukraine. Additionally, they address Iranian actors responsible for supplying drones that bolster Russia's military capabilities in the region.

Peters emphasized New Zealand's strong condemnation of any form of military support to Russia, describing it as a "war of aggression" against Ukraine. He highlighted the direct threat posed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity by the provision of Iranian drones and North Korean weapons.

Since the conflict's onset in February 2022, New Zealand has steadily expanded its sanctions regime, now encompassing more than 1,700 individuals and entities. These measures are part of a broader strategy that includes various trade-related actions aimed at exerting international pressure and fostering accountability among those contributing to instability in Ukraine.

The announcement underscores New Zealand's commitment to upholding international norms and supporting efforts to resolve the Ukraine crisis through diplomatic and multilateral channels, while ensuring consequences for actions deemed detrimental to global peace and security.

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