The Foreign Affairs Council extended EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime until 1 June 2019.
“Given the ongoing repression of the civilian population, the EU decided to maintain its restrictive measures against the Syrian regime and its supporters, in line with the EU strategy on Syria.”
“The Council also updated the information relating to certain persons and entities on the list and removed two deceased persons from the list. It now includes 259 persons and 67 entities targeted by a travel ban and an asset freeze. The persons added most recently were included for their role in the use of chemical weapons, as was the case for the 4 persons added to the sanctions list on 19 March 2018.”
“More broadly, sanctions currently in place against Syria include an oil embargo, restrictions on certain investments, a freeze of the assets of the Syrian central bank held in the EU, export restrictions on equipment and technology that might be used for internal repression as well as on equipment and technology for the monitoring or interception of internet or telephone communications.”
“The EU remains committed to finding a lasting and credible political solution to the conflict in Syria as defined in the UN Security Council resolution 2254 and in the 2012 Geneva Communiqué. As stated in the EU strategy on Syria adopted in April 2017, and reaffirmed in the Council conclusion of 16 April 2018 the EU believes that there can be no military solution to the conflict and strongly supports the work of the UN Special Envoy and the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.”
“The legal acts adopted by the Council will be published in the Official Journal of 29 May 2018.”
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told CBS TV channel’ “Face the Nation” program that the United States would announce new economic sanctions on Russia as early as Monday, April 16, aimed at companies “that were dealing with equipment” related to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged chemical weapons use.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday, April 15, that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump have agreed to continue working on a coordinated response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Douma, they woved it would not “go unchallenged.”
The UK and US leaders discussed Syria in a phone call on Thurthday (12/04/2018) , a Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement. The two have once again pointed the finger at the Syrian government, accusing it of “a pattern of dangerous behavior in relation to the use of chemical weapons.”
Hinting that a retaliation is imminent, May and Trump agreed that it was “vital” that what they claim was a chlorine attack on civilians on April 7 “did not go unchallenged.” A concerted response by the allies would serve “to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime,” the statement issued by the prime minister’s office reads.
The Washington and the London would continue exploring the options with regards to Syria while “working closely together” it added.
The call took place shortly after an emergency meeting of the British government, where ministers concluded that it was “highly likely” that the Syrian government is responsible for the deadly attack, according to Syrian opposition, and associated media.
On 26 February 2018, the Council added the Minister of Industry and the Minister of Information of the government of Syria to the list of those targeted by EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime in view of the gravity of the situation in the country. These additions were made to take into account recent ministerial changes, as both ministers were appointed in January 2018.
The decision brings to 257 persons the total number of persons targeted by a travel ban and an assets freeze for being responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria, benefiting from or supporting the regime, and/or being associated with such persons.
In addition, 67 entities are targeted by an assets freeze. More broadly, sanctions currently in place against Syria include an oil embargo, restrictions on certain investments, a freeze of the assets of the Syrian central bank held in the EU, export restrictions on equipment and technology that might be used for internal repression as well as on equipment and technology for the monitoring or interception of internet or telephone communications. These measures were last extended on 29 May 2017 and are in place until 1 June 2018.
“The EU remains committed to finding a lasting political solution to the conflict in Syria under the existing UN-agreed framework. As stated in the EU strategy on Syria adopted in April 2017, the EU believes that there can be no military solution to the conflict and strongly supports the work of the UN Special Envoy and the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva” – says the text of the meeting conclusion.
The legal acts adopted by the Council, including the names of the persons concerned, are published in the Official Journal of 26 February 2018.
Talks on Syria have a chance of making progress while the demands for the oust of President Bashar al-Assad have receded, according to Russia’s ambassador in Geneva, Alexei Borodavkin.
The seventh round of talks, led by the UN which ended on 14 of July , had produced positive results, especially a “correction” in the approach of the main opposition delegation, the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee, said Borodavkin.
“The essence of this correction is that during this round the opposition never once demanded the immediate resignation of President Bashar al-Assad and the legitimate Syrian government.”
The photos of gassed Syrian babies, which visibly moved US President Trump, and were displayed as a major piece of evidence against President Assad at the UN by ambassador Nikki Haley are in the centre of an international scandal accused of fraud.
Swedish Doctors For Human Rights (swedhr.org) analysed videos – the rescue operations after an alleged chemical attack by Syrian government forces. The doctors found that the videos were counterfeit, where even Arabic stage directions were overheard, and that the alleged “Rescue” in actuality is a murder. On first analysis, it looked as though the doctors working on the child assumed he was already dead.
However, after broader investigation, our SweDoctors team ascertained that the boy was unconscious from an overdose of opiates. The video shows the child receiving injections in his chest, perhaps in the area of the heart and was eventually killed while a clearly fake adrenaline injection was administered.
The Chairman of the association, Professor Prof. Marcello Ferrade de Noli, published at the beginning of March 2017 a first article with an analysis of the case: “Swedish Doctors for Human Rights: White Helmets video, macabre manipulation of dead children and staged chemical weapons attack to justify a” No-fly Zone “in Syria”.
This was followed by more macabre discoveries in the videos not seen initially in the article White Helmets Movie: Updated Evidence from Swedish Doctors Confirm Fake Life Saving Practices Injure Children.
The collective findings of the Swedish doctors with regard to the propaganda and fakery by al-Qaeda/Al Nusra in Syria are in line with the findings of leading German and International Scientists for Syria War.