EU adds ministers and central bank chief to Syria sanctions list
European foreign ministers on Monday added 17 ministers and the governor of the Central Bank of Syria to a list of those subject to EU sanctions targeting the Bashar Assad regime.
This brings to 234 the number of people subject to a travel ban and an asset freeze over the violent repression of the Syrian people, said a statement from the EU ministers who held a summit in Brussels on Monday. In addition, 69 entities are subject to an asset freeze.
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Sanctions in place against Syria include an oil embargo, restrictions on certain investments, a freeze on the assets of the Syrian central bank within the EU, export restrictions on equipment and technology that might be used for internal repression as well as on equipment and technology used for the monitoring or interception of internet or telephone communications.
For weeks the EU has tried to find a common line on how to react to the repression carried out by the Syrian regime and its Russian ally but at the leaders’ summit last month Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi blocked a push for new sanctions against Russian officials that was backed by France, Germany and the U.K.
At Monday’s summit Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, told ministers about her consultations on Syria with Iran, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
“The EU remains committed to finding a lasting solution to the conflict in Syria, as there is no military solution to the Syrian civil war,” said the ministers’ declaration.