Syria: EU plans to extend its sanctions

The European Union will extend sanctions against the Syrian regime, said the spokesman of European diplomacy, Michael Mann on Friday.

“We continue to consider new sanctions against Syria and to examine ways to expand those already imposed,” he told journalists in Brussels.

For now, the names of 35 Syrian officials are in the “black list” of people banned from entering the territory of the European Union and whose financial assets are frozen to the EU. In addition, four Syrian companies close to the regime were subject to “restrictive measures”. On May 9, the Council of the EU imposed an embargo on arms exports to Syria.

Earlier in the day, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Russia, China and India to “increase the pressure” on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Since March 15, Syria is torn by a protest movement against the regime. The opposition and human rights, repression of the popular revolt in Syria by the security forces killed more than 1,600 dead, while some 3,000 people are missing.

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