Syria: new European sanctions against regime members 'unjustified'

BEIRUT (dpa)- New sanctions imposed by the European Union against 16 members of the Syrian regime for their alleged role in a chemical weapons attack earlier this year are "unustified," said Syria on Tuesday.
"The new unjustified European sanctions that came before the end of the investigations into the incident of Khan Sheikhoun reflect the determination of European officials to support the crimes of terrorist groups in Syria and mislead the international public opinion..." the state-run Syrian news Agency (SANA) cited the Foreign Ministry as saying.

It added that Syria reiterates, as it did previously, "that it has absolutely no chemical weapons and has not used such weapons at any time under any circumstances and anywhere..."
On Monday, European Union foreign ministers agreed to put 16 further members of the Syrian regime on the bloc's sanctions list for "their role in the development and use of chemical weapons against the civilian population."
According to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the prohibited nerve agent sarin was used in an attack in April that killed dozens of people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria's north-western Idlib province.
"The 16 individuals sanctioned include military officers and chemical specialists responsible for abhorrent chemical weapons attacks on innocent men, women and children," British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement.
Johnson added that Britain had pushed for these sanctions in order to "send a clear signal to the Syrian regime that their barbaric actions have consequences."
In total, 255 people are on the EU's sanctions list, which includes a travel ban and an assets freeze.

Tuesday, July 18th 2017

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