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Arms embargo on Syria extended

(BRUSSELS2) The ban on all arms sales “to Syria“, imposed by the European Union, will be extended. According to the information communicated to B2, this decision could be taken within " coming days ».

This involves renewing the sanctions already in place (embargo on arms, on oil, on various economic materials, etc.) for a period of one year. Remember that these sanctions had a limited duration, ending on December 1. The measure should be extended for 12 months, through a decision approved at one of the next council meetings (for example during the Foreign Affairs Council in “Trade” formation on November 29) or previously by written procedure.

NB: Please note that this is a ban on sales “to Syria” and not “in Syria”. Now nothing prohibits a third country not a member of the European Union from selling weapons or defensive equipment since no sanctions have been established internationally (by the UN Security Council).

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).