Ukraine poised to introduce sanctions against Syria

8 April, 12:16 AM
The Cabinet of Ministers will submit proposals to the NSDC (Photo:NV)

The Cabinet of Ministers will submit proposals to the NSDC (Photo:NV)

Kyiv is working on a set of sanctions to be imposed against Syria for its recognition of Russian territorial claims in Ukraine, the Ukrainian government said in a press release on April 7.

The sanctions proposal was submitted to the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) for review and approval.

"The participation of Syrian courts in the illegal export of grain from the occupied territory of Ukraine, the ‘recognition’ of the so-called ‘DPR’ and ‘LPR’ (Russia-occupied areas in Donbas), the supply of weapons to Russia that are used in the aggression against Ukraine, and the Syrian leadership's full support for the Putin regime," the message outlines the reasons for proposed punitive measures.

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“The list of unfriendly steps taken by the Syrian Arab Republic towards Ukraine is long. And our state, of course, responds to them.”

The Ukrainian government noted that sectoral sanctions against Syria will be imposed for a period of 50 years.

According to the proposal, the following sanctions are proposed for introduction against Syria:

·       restrictions on trade operations to prohibit export-import operations with Syrian residents, processing operations with enterprises resident in Syria, and a ban on investments in the country;

·       complete halt of transit of goods, flights, and transportation by Syrian residents through Ukrainian territory;

·       suspension of economic and financial obligations in favor of Syrian residents, preventing them from moving capital assets out of Ukraine;

·       barring merchant vessels and warships under Syrian flag from Ukrainian territorial waters and ports.

These restrictions will come into effect once they are approved by the NSDC, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the Ukrainian parliament.

Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Syria on June 30, 2022, after Bashar al-Assad's regime recognized of the "independence" of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics.”

On March 18, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy imposed personal sanctions on Bashar al-Assad and several other Syrian officials.

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