The EU Council added to the sanctions list of 16 Syrians because of their involvement in the production and use of chemical weapons. This is stated in the press release available on the Council website.
As indicated in the document, the restrictive measures apply to eight scientists and eight high-ranking military. Thus, in the sanctions list of the EU now, there are 255 Syrians banned from entering the EU and whose assets, upon discovery, will be frozen.
In addition, under the sanctions are 67 Syrian organizations and companies. Restrictive measures include, in particular, an oil embargo, restrictions for certain investments, the freezing of assets of the Central Bank of Syria in the EU as well as restrictions on the supply of equipment and technologies that can be used for surveillance and interception of Internet traffic and telephone conversations.
On July 11 Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov at the meeting with high representative of the European Union for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini said that Moscow considers abnormal with the existence of EU sanctions and the United States against Damascus.
In turn, Mogherini said that sanctions policy of the European Union against Syria are directed against individuals, not just the Syrian people.