Sputnik discussed the move with Adriel Kasonta, a foreign affairs analyst based in London.
Sputnik: What is your opinion about a new sanctions regime to counter the use of chemical weapons?
Adriel Kasonta: This legislation is clearly aimed at tying the hands of Russia with regards to helping the Syrian government recover from the plunder by the terrorists over there, and also supporting Iran.
How can you judge or how can you accuse a country as big as Russia or any other country without having clear evidence or a judicial hearing. So the presumption of innocence is not working here. I know that common law is slightly different from civil law, which I was studying back in Poland, but I do agree that the presumption of innocence should be applied in both cases.
Sputnik: Can you tell us in more depth about what kind of measures are actually discussed in this document?
Adriel Kasonta: The measures which are discussed there, well we have two different measures, first of all, we have travel bans and asset freezes in this document, but on what grounds? Jeremy Hunt, the UK Foreign Secretary, said that we need to redraw the red lines with regards to the usage of chemical weapons, but the examples of using chemical weapons mentioned in this very document are the Skripal case and Syria.
However, the UK declined corporation with regards to the Skripal case which is kind of odd; Russian citizens allegedly commit a crime on the British soil, I think that it is in both countries' best interests to cooperate on the legal grounds with regards to getting the answers to the question which has not been addressed so far.
Also when it comes to the usage of chemical weapons in Syria, as we know, Syria's entire chemical weapons arsenal was abandoned and destroyed under the control of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Nevertheless, the United States tried Syria and responded without having any clear evidence. So I do understand that these measures will first of all hit Mr. Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga, who's name allegedly was Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Mishkin, allegedly Alexander Petrov, the two Russian military intelligence officers allegedly involved in the novichok poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal, so I think that they will be the first targets of sanctions under the new regime here in the UK.
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