EU impose fresh sanctions on Syria
GERMANY: The European Union imposed fresh sanctions on
President Bashar al-Assad's regime Monday, targeting government
ministries, companies and one individual, while clarifying an existing
EU arms embargo. The measures were approved by foreign ministers of the
27-nation-bloc meeting in Luxembourg, an EU statement said.
The asset freeze and travel ban were the 16th round of restrictive EU
measures imposed on the Assad regime.
No details were immediately available on the identities of those
The sanctions also include a specific ban on insuring items embargoed
for delivery to Syria, including arms shipments.
The measure follows an incident some days ago involving a
British-insured Russian cargo ship carrying attack helicopters for
The United States alerted Britain to the consignment and British
security services told insurers Standard Club that providing insurance
for the shipment would breach EU sanctions, reports said. Standard Club
then cancelled insurance for the ship as well as others in the fleet
owned by Russian cargo line Femco, forcing the vessel to head home