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Published Date: Saturday 17 March 2018 - 10:14:38
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Russian MoD condemns EU's premature decision on new anti-Syria sanctions

Russian MoD condemns EU's premature decision on new anti-Syria sanctions
World  - The Council of the European Union has mistakenly published the future “decision of the foreign ministers” on the introduction of new sanctions against Syria, adding four people to the restrictions’ list.

"The Council of the European Union has added four individuals to the list of people targeted by EU restrictions against the Syrian government over their involvement in production of chemical weapons and its use against the Syrian population.

The embarrassed press service of the Council of the European Union, of course, deleted the release. It is unclear how the EU foreign ministers are going to vote on that during the meeting on March 19?" Russia's Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov stated.

According to the Defense Ministry, Syrian government forces did not use chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta, as was reported by Western and Arab media.

"Militant groups, backed by the United States and the UK, were preparing provocations with the use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta in order to blame it on Damascus and its allies," the ministry added.

The comments come shortly after mainstream media reported the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian settlement of Hamoryah, informing about a large number of people who suffered

"asphyxiation." Konashenkov emphasized that such "reports" by the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as well as the Illionois-based Syrian-American Medical Society "were coordinated at the highest political level to justify new sanctions."

arlier this week, the Council of the EU published a statement addressing fresh sanctions on Syria for chemical attacks against civilians; the memo is dated March 19 - the day when the foreign ministers of the EU member-states are expected to meet in Brussels.

The Council's press service has already commented on the announcement, saying it was a technical error, and quickly removed it from the official website.

Tags:: syria - russia - EU - sanctions
News Code: 25025
Published Date: Saturday 17 March 2018 - 10:14:38
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