March 20, 2018

EU introduces sanctions against people involved in chemical weapons development in Syria

The EU adds new people in the sanction list, which includes the representatives of Syrian authorities involved in chemical weapons development and use, the press release of the Council of the EU says. 

“The EU added these 4 persons for their role in the development and use of chemical weapons against the civilian population, in line with the EU’s policy to fight the proliferation and use of chemical weapons,” the press release states. 

The sanctions are imposed on three scientists of the governmental Scientific Studies and Research Centre and one high-ranking military official. 

In July 2017, the EU introduced the restrictive measures against Syrians due to the accusations of chemical weapons development and use. Thus, the total of 261 persons is in the sanction list. The measures provide for a travel ban and an assets freeze. 

Moreover, the sanction list includes 67 entities.

 “The EU remains committed to finding a lasting political solution to the conflict in Syria under the existing UN-agreed framework… The EU believes that there can be no military solution to the conflict and strongly supports the work of the UN Special Envoy and the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva,” the Council of the European Union notes.