EU leaders are due to meet in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the fragile situation in the Middle East and the possibility of extending sanctions on Iran.

The two-day summit of the European Council will be attended by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who will travel to Brussels.

The European Union will “start the necessary work” to hit Iran with tougher sanctions after Saturday’s airstrike on IsraelJosep Borrell said after a virtual meeting of EU foreign ministers on Tuesday.

In particular, Borrell said he would ask his agencies to study the possibility of extending existing EU sanctions against Iran’s drone technology.

It would see the current sanctions regime – introduced in July 2023 to punish Iran for aiding Putin’s war machine with unmanned drones – extended to include missiles and also cover Iran’s proxies in the region.

The bloc would also consider listing the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, he said, stressing that such a move would be difficult as the military branch has not yet been linked to terrorism in any EU member states.