The decision of the European Parliament to include the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the terrorist list revealed delicate and sensitive differences between the governments of the European continent regarding the way to deal with the Iranian regime and its most important military and security institutions.
Yesterday, Monday, the meeting of EU ministers reviewed the decision approved by the European Parliament last week, specifically the item related to the request to include the name of the Revolutionary Guards in the list of terrorist groups.
While the ministers did not take a decision in this regard, as members of the union believe that adding the name of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to the list of terrorist organizations is conditional on a decision issued by a court in a European country.
In this regard, the American Persian-speaking Farda Radio quoted European diplomats, whose identities were not revealed, as saying that “there are different opinions and directions regarding the inclusion of the Revolutionary Guards in the list of terrorist groups.”
France is not much interested
According to these diplomats, France is not very interested in this decision, and despite the statements of the German Foreign Minister, “opinions in Berlin are uncertain in this regard,” and some southern European countries, including “Portugal and Malta” do not support such a decision. Action.
Despite this, according to the diplomats, there are various issues in this field that prevent countries from agreeing to include the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the list of terrorist groups.-
Many countries also now have citizens in Iranian prisons, some of whom are also dual nationals.--
Iran’s position on Russia
One of these diplomats said, in an interview after the meeting of the 27 European Union foreign ministers, that “future steps in this field also depend on Iran’s actions with regard to Russia,” referring to Tehran providing Moscow with marches and missiles in the war in Ukraine.
According to Farda, a senior European diplomat told reporters in Brussels last week: “Adding the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to the list of terrorist groups is not a good idea, because it prevents other issues related to Iran from being addressed.”
This senior diplomat, who was not identified, explained on January 20: “Even if the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear deal) is revived, the sanctions imposed on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, which relate to issues such as human rights, will remain in place.” effect.”
In its session held on January 19 in Strasbourg, France, by an overwhelming majority, the European Parliament demanded the inclusion of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the list of terrorist organizations of this union.
The European Parliament issued this resolution in response to the excessive violence practiced by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards against demonstrators in various Iranian cities, Russia’s use of Iranian marches to attack Ukraine, and the regional interventions of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. However, this resolution is not binding.