The EU will adopt sanctions on “case Skripal” against Syria
BRUSSELS, 21 January. /TASS/. In addition, the EU Council will discuss a plan to counter misinformation.
The foreign Ministers of the 28 member countries of the European Union on the first of this year’s planned meeting of the EU Council for the first time will be blacklisted in the framework of the new community regime for the imposition of sanctions against the responsible, according to the EU, for the production and use of chemical weapons. As expected, the restrictive measures will affect, in particular, the four Russians, which the EU calls “GRU officers” (Chief Directorate (GU, a former GRU) of the General staff of the armed forces) and considers guilty in the assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia.
In addition, the foreign Ministers intend to expand sanctions against the Syrian authorities, adding to blacklist more than 15 people and companies.
Finally, the EU Council plans to discuss a plan to counter misinformation in the EU and beyond, the main source of which Brussels calls Russia.
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Sanctions for use of chemical weapons
He told reporters in Brussels the EU Council of foreign Ministers will include nine people and one company in the first blacklist in the framework of the new regime to impose sanctions against the responsible, in the opinion of the community, for the production and use of chemical weapons. “In the framework of the new regime on chemical weapons will be first drawn up a blacklist, it will include nine people and one company,” he said.
That is, the EU Council formally confirms the decision of the ambassadors of the 28 countries of the European Union adopted last week. As reported by TASS source in the EU, the ambassadors have agreed to the imposition of sanctions against four individuals, which the community calls “GRU officers”. Among them is a suspect in the assassination Skrobala Alexander Petrov, and Ruslan Bashirov. In addition, the list included five Syrians.
The new regime of sanctions for the production and use of chemical weapons, the EU Council approved 15 October 2018. With its help, the EU will impose sanctions against individuals and companies involved in the development and use of chemical weapons around the world, regardless of nationality and location. The restrictive measures will apply to those individuals and companies that directly, according to Brussels, responsible for the development and use of chemical weapons, provide financial, technical or material support to the perpetrators of the chemical weapons, as well as help contribute to or are associated with them.