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EU Agrees New Sanctions Regime Targeting Perpetrators of Chemical Attacks

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Monday, 15 October, 2018, 15:05
EU Agrees New Sanctions Regime Targeting Perpetrators of Chemical Attacks

European Union envoys gave a final stamp of approval for a new mechanism to punish chemical weapons attacks by targeting individuals blamed for using banned munitions regardless of their nationality.

France proposed the legal regime to combat what Paris and London say is the repeated use of chemical weapons by Russia and Syria. It would allow the EU to impose sanctions more quickly on specific individuals anywhere in the world, freezing their assets in the bloc and banning them from entry.

Foreign ministers from the EU’s 28 governments adopted the new sanctions regime on Monday.

“The restrictive measures target persons and entities who are directly responsible for the development and use of chemical weapons,” the Council of the European Union said in a statement.

Violators will be subject to asset freezes and travel bans under the new regime and EU nationals will be banned from transferring funds to them.

Sanctions will also be levied against those who provide financial, technical and material support for chemical weapons use, as well as those who assist, encourage or are associated with the weapons.