Britain today imposed sanctions on an Iranian company that manufactures unmanned aerial vehicles (drone) and a number of other foreign companies, accusing them of supplying Russian forces with weapons and components that can be used against Ukraine.

Britain, the US and the European Union have imposed a series of sanctions since last February to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow describes as a “special military operation”.

The British government imposed 25 new sanctions on individuals and companies in Iran, Turkey, Belarus, Slovakia, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates as well as Russia.

“Today’s landmark sanctions will further reduce Russia’s arsenal and shut down the supply chains that underpin (President) Putin’s now struggling defense industry,” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley said.

Iranian drone company Paravar Pars and seven of its executivesalready subject to US sanctions announced in February, and two microelectronics export companies based in Turkey are among those targeted by British sanctions.

The British Government, which has imposed sanctions on over 1,600 individuals and entities since the beginning of the Ukrainian conflictsaid the latest round of sanctions marks its biggest action yet against suppliers of military equipment to third countries.