Top Iranian general scoffs at sanctions — RT World News


Major General Mohammad Bagheri joked that the EU could steal its assets to buy fuel for Europeans’ homes in winter

Major General Mohammad Bagheri, the Iranian army’s chief of staff, on Monday mocked the EU’s efforts to financially punish him with sanctions, jokingly giving the bloc “authorization to confiscate all [his] properties and assets… from all bank accounts in the world and use them to buy coal for European citizens.

A difficult winter is coming!Bagheri gritted, alluding to the energy crisis facing European citizens as they grapple with gas prices at or near record highs and even potential fuel shortages due to the sanctions their leaders imposed on Russian suppliers.

of Bagheri”humanitarian proposalcame in response to a series of largely symbolic UK and EU sanctions, which barred the general and two other Iranian military officials from entering and allowed the confiscation of any assets they held. in these jurisdictions. The general is accused of supplying Russia with the suicide drones used against Ukrainian military infrastructure and targets, in violation of a partial arms embargo.


The general chastised the EU for “taking the dead end of their American masters“, describing the stacking against his country as”The blind lead the blind.

Reminding the EU that he was sanctioned by the US Treasury in November 2019 along with the rest of the Iranian military, Bagheri noted that “our armed forces have turned threats into opportunitiespointing out that while Tehran was initially unable to purchase as much barbed wire from other countries due to the sanctions, this gave the country no choice but to become self-sufficient. “Today [those countries] line up to buy Iranian missiles and droneshe boasted.

Iran and Russia have denied US and European accusations of selling drones. Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN insisted that the unmanned aircraft deployed in Ukraine were “made in russia“, while the Iranian ambassador to the UN, Saeed Iravani, “categorically“rejected the”groundless and unfounded complaints.“The United States responded by upping the ante, saying that not only Iranian drones but also real Iranian technicians are on the ground in Russia to help operate the aerial vehicles.


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