EU imposes more sanctions on Syria


Published: Monday 20th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has hailed fresh EU sanctions against the Syrian regime, describing Bashar Assad as the “cause of instability and conflict” in the country.

The new package of measures was agreed by Mr Hammond and his counterparts at a meeting in Brussels.

Another 18 individuals and entities, including some suspected of supplying the administration with oil, will be subjected to restrictions.

A “notorious” military commander who ordered Sarin attacks that killed hundreds of civilians is also on the list, according to Mr Hammond.

“By doing this, the EU has sent a clear message to the Syrian regime and those who keep Assad in power: your actions will not go unchallenged,” he said.

“A ban on jet fuel exports to Syria has been agreed in principle. This will make it harder for the regime to continue its indiscriminate aerial bombardments, including chemical weapons attacks and the use of barrel bombs against its own people. We must do everything we can to stop this now.

“The cause of instability and conflict in Syria is Assad, and sanctions are a key part of our strategy for weakening the regime and limiting its ability to perpetrate more barbaric acts against the Syrian people.”

Published: Monday 20th October 2014 by The News Editor

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