EU slaps sanctions on Syrians, Russians over attacks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union (EU) yesterday imposed sanctions on four Russians blamed for a nerve agent attack in Britain as well as a Syrian research centre and its staff as the 28-nation bloc stepped up its action against the use of chemical weapons.

EU Foreign Ministers slapped travel bans and asset freezes on nine people and on Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Centre.

Five of those targetted are linked to the Syrian centre’s activities. Britain’s foreign office said they “have played a central role in the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against their own people.”

The ministers said in a statement from their meeting in Brussels that the sanctions move “contributes to the EU’s efforts to counter the proliferation and use of chemical weapons, which poses a serious threat to international security.”