13:28 GMT +315 December 2017
Listen Live
    Syrian pro-government soldiers hold a position as they advance in Aleppo's restive Bustan al-Basha neighbourhood on October 6, 2016

    EU Countries Can Sanction Russian, Syrian Officials Over Aleppo

    © AFP 2017/ GEORGE OURFALIAN
    Politics
    Get short URL
    8521

    European states are considering new sanctions against some Russian, as well as Syrian, officials over the situation in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, The Financial Times reports.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United Kingdom, France and Germany are among the countries that are thinking of sanctioning 12 senior Russian officials, a senior EU diplomat told the newspaper on Wednesday.

    According to the source, the United Kingdom, France and Germany are also considering imposing sanctions on up to 20 officials from Syrian President Bashar Assad’s administration.

    On September 9, Russia and the United States reached an agreement for a peace process in Syria, where a civil war has been ongoing since 2011. A ceasefire stipulated by the deal entered into force on September 12, but while it was supposed to last at least seven days for the next steps to be taken toward the Syrian settlement, it disintegrated soon.

    Following the collapse of the ceasefire, the Syrian Army launched a major offensive on the rebel-held districts of Aleppo, blaming militants for numerous violations.

    Syrian government forces loyal to Assad have been fighting against multiple opposition groups and terrorists active in the country, including the Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al Sham (also known as al-Nusra Front, or Jabhat al-Nusra), both of which are banned in Russia and a range of other countries.

    Russia has been supporting Syria's legitimate authorities, the government of Assad, while Washington has sided with the so-called moderate opposition in Syria.

    Related:

    Syrian Opposition Group Hopes Lausanne Meeting to Restart Syria Talks
    German, French, Italian Foreign Ministers Concerned by Aleppo Crisis
    Former MI6 Chief: West Has No Coherent Strategy for Relations With Russia
    'People Living There Like in a Big Prison': The Real Situation in Aleppo
    Syrian Conflict Is 'Result of Western Inability to Understand Crisis'
    Tags:
    anti-Russian sanctions, Aleppo
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment