In the European Union decided to impose sanctions on four Russians, including the head of the GRU Igor Kostyukova, for the use of chemical weapons in the British Salisbury concerning Sergey and Yulia Skrobala.
“The EU Council today imposed sanctions against nine individuals and one company in accordance with the new regime of restrictive measures against the use and proliferation of chemical weapons, established on 15 October 2018”, – stated in the message of the Council of the European Union.
“These particular individuals are the two officers of the GRU, as well as the head and Deputy head of the GRU (also known as the Main Directorate of the General staff of the Russian Armed forces), which are responsible for the possession, transportation and use of toxic nerve agents in Salisbury on the weekend of March 4, 2018”, – stated in the message.
Sanctions also imposed on Syrian companies responsible for the development and production of chemical weapons, Center for scientific and research developments, as well as the five Syrian officials that are directly related to the activities of the research center.
“These individuals and the company are the first to hit the (sanctions) list in accordance with the new sanctions regime concerning the use of chemical weapons”, – stated in the message.
It is also noted that the Syrian research centre had already got under sanctions.
The restrictive measures include a ban on entering the EU and freezing of assets, both physical and legal persons. in addition, individuals and companies from the EU are prohibited from providing funds to the persons targeted by these sanctions.
However, it is emphasized that these decisions on new sanctions contribute to the EU efforts in countering the proliferation and use of chemical weapons, which poses a serious threat to international security.
The relevant legal acts, including the names of persons will be published in the Official journal of the EU 21 January 2019.