EU extends sanctions against officials of the Assad

ЕС расширяет санкции против чиновников Асада

The European Union intends in the near future to expand the list of sanctions against Syrian individuals and legal entities for military operations in Aleppo city. This is stated in the statement of the EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini.

The European Union will impose punitive measures as long as Syria crackdown continues, the statement said. The high representative recalled the need to ensure the safety of the civilian population and objects benefiting from special protection, in accordance with international humanitarian law.

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“Since the beginning of the offensive of the Syrian regime and its allies, primarily Russia, the intensity and scale of the bombardment of Eastern Aleppo have become a reason of numerous victims among the civilians, and devastated large areas of the city”, – quotes the statement of DW.

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This resulted in an “appalling deterioration”, said Mogherini.

According to her, the blockade of settlements as a tactic of war, famine and displaced populations are clear violations of international humanitarian law and should be terminated immediately. EU urges Russia to use its influence to ensure to alleviate the grave situation prevailing in the city.

The EU sanctions extend to the more than 230 Syrian citizens, 69 companies and organizations. In November Brussels has imposed punitive measures against the Syrian seventeen Ministers and the head of the Central Bank of Syria. The sanctions include a ban on entry to EU countries and freezing of assets.

Also against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad embargo on oil supplies, constraints on certain types of investments, freezing the European assets of the Central Bank of Syria, restrictions on the import of equipment and technologies that can be used for internal repression, as well as to monitor the calls online or by telephone.