Damascus is assaulting the European Council

Syria strongly condemned the declaration by the European Council on the extension of the sanctions imposed on some Syrian institutions and individuals for another year under the pretext of the production and use of chemical weapons. Damascus said that the sanctions were focused on hypocrisy and misinformation, adding that the anti-Syrian campaign will continue.

“The Syrian Arab Republic strongly condemns the statement issued by the European Council on Monday 12 October on the extension of the sanctions placed on some Syrian institutions and individuals under the pretext of producing and using chemical weapons for a further year.” The Foreign and Expatriate Ministry said.

He argued that this decision was based on misrepresentation and hypocrisy. It is a continuation of the anti-Syrian campaign that the European Council has been using the Syrian chemical dossier as an excuse to continue spreading its lies against Syria since the beginning of the terrorist war in Syria until now.

Syria notes that this declaration again shows the lack of legitimacy of the European Council and its policy, which is in line with the unilateral coercive steps implemented by the United States of America to starve and weaken the power and stability of the Syrian people. At the same time, supporting armed terrorist groups, including the repeated use of chemical weapons agai

Damascus concluded that Syria has consistently claimed that it considers the use of chemical weapons as an unethical matter and that, under any conditions and against anyone, it opposes their use anywhere. Bashar al-Assad’s government has stated that it does not possess chemical weapons and is fully compliant with its commitments to the Chemical Weapons Ban Organization.

The European Council extended for one additional year, until 1 October 2021, the restrictive measures against the Syrian regime. In line with the EU’s Syrian policy, as the persecution of the civilian population continues, the EU has agreed to maintain its restrictive measures against the Syrian regime and its supporters.

Sanctions are directed at those responsible for their misery, members of the Syrian government, supporters and traders who are funding it and benefiting from the war economy. Borrell added: “The EU is determined to continue helping the Syrian people and remains committed to using any instrument at its disposal to work for a diplomatic solution to the conflict that would help all Syrians and put an end to the ongoing repression.”

Last May, the Council removed from the list two individuals and one corporation, as well as two deceased individuals, who had stopped their punishable actions. The list also includes 273 individuals affected by both an asset freeze and a travel ban, as well as 70 individuals who are subject to an asset freeze. According to the EU, in 2011, in response to the ferocious persecution by the Syrian regime of its civilian population, sanctions currently in place against Syria were declared.

They also hit businesses and business people progressing from their links with the family of Bashar al-Assad and the war economy. The restrictive measures also include the ban on oil imports, the restriction on certain investments, the freezing of the assets of the Syrian central bank kept in the EU, and the restriction on the sale of equipment and technology which could be used for internal repression, as well as equipment and technology for tracking or intercepting internet or telephone communications.