#Salisbury – EU foreign ministers support sanctions against Russians responsible for nerve agent attack

| January 22, 2019

The EU’s foreign ministers imposed sanctions on nine persons and one entity under the new regime of restrictive measures against the use and proliferation of chemical weapons created on 15 October 2018.

These designations include the two GRU officials, and the Head and Deputy Head of the GRU (Intelligence arm of the Russian Armed Forces) responsible for possession, transport and use in Salisbury (UK) of a toxic nerve agent on the weekend of 4 March 2018.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt welcomed EU diplomatic co-operation and said that this shows that even in the context of Brexit, it showed that the UK would continue to co-operate to defend shared values.

The sanctions consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze for persons, and an asset freeze for entities. In addition, EU persons and entities are forbidden from making funds available to those listed. This decision contributes to the EU’s efforts to counter the proliferation and use of chemical weapons which poses a serious threat to international security.

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