EU ministers approve new sanctions, weigh options for Syria

EU ministers approve new sanctions, weigh options for Syria

The European Union on Monday turned up the heat on the Syrian regime with new sanctions on the country's central bank, cargo flights, precious metal trade and seven ministers, DPA reported.

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels may also consider a "peacekeeping mision" to the violence-wracked country, Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal told reporters.

"We also try our utmost to see whether we could arrange at a certain moment for a peacekeeping mission to Syria. But peacekeeping does mean that there should be peace," Rosenthal said.

"So the first priority is for the violence in Syria to stop and, going together with that, the message that (President Bashar) al-Assad should step down," he added.

The crackdown on opponents of the Syrian regime has left more than 5,400 people dead, according to United Nations estimates. International condemnation of the violence has done little to persuade al-Assad's regime to change course so far.

A military intervention nevertheless remains out of the question, several of the EU ministers insisted on Monday.

"I see no military option to solve the problems there. We will keep strengthening the sanctions, we'll keep asking the opposition to stand more united, we'll ask for humanitarian aid to get in," Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal said. "We want a peaceful solution."

Luxembourg's Jean Asselborn also ruled out the possibility of funnelling arms to the Syrian opposition, which several ministers complained was not unified enough.

"One of the issues in Syria must be that... all people feel that the future is for all of them, that this is about a united, inclusive country," the EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, noted.

Some ministers made a point of dismissing a referendum held over the weekend on a new Syrian constitution, whose results are expected on Monday.

"Yesterday's referendum vote has fooled nobody," British Foreign Minister William Hague said. "To open polling stations (while continuing) to open fire on the civilians of the country has no credibility in the eyes of the world."

The EU's new round of sanctions slaps travel bans and asset freezes on the ministers of health, education, presidential affairs, communications and technology, oil and mineral resources, industry, and transport.

The Syrian Central Bank will also no longer have access to any funds it may hold in the EU, while Syrian-operated flights carrying only cargo will not be allowed to land in the bloc.

EU businesses will additionally be banned from engaging in trades in gold, precious metals and diamonds with Syrian public bodies.

VTB Bank (Azerbaijan) completes 9 months with profit
VTB Bank (Azerbaijan) completes 9 months with profit
Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market
Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market
Azerbaijani oil prices down
Azerbaijani oil prices down
Loading Bars
Latest
Georian CEC introduces media with the information about voter turnout for 12:00
Armenia deliberately burns down forests in Shusha - Azerbaijani president's aide
Tehran city council calls for extending lockdown
Uzbekistan int’l consulting organizations to transform large state-owned enterprises
Iran to inject new foreign currency package
VTB Bank (Azerbaijan) completes 9 months with profit
Military conflict in Karabakh drives Armenia to dead end - Russian edition
President Ilham Aliyev expresses condolences to Berna Yilmaz.
Drilling operations in Iran's South Pars gas field to begin soon
Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market
Russia warns Armenia about ban on import of tomatoes
Azerbaijani oil prices down
Russia responds to Pashinyan's appeal
Inflation coming down in Georgia - Finance Minister
Voting process at Georgian polling stations ongoing in peaceful environment - CEC
Kazakhstan’s KazTransOil opens tender for equipment repair services
Azerbaijani association talks importance of OSAGO insurance in country
Iran’s NICICO boosts its production
More people rescued from rubble in Turkish Izmir
Captured Armenian cleric admits his forced involvement in Karabakh clashes (VIDEO)
Azerbaijani president's aide voices his concern over tortures against old woman
Azerbaijani 'A Audit and Consulting' LLC talks about slowdown in audit services' dev't
Armenia delivering phosphorus cargo to Khojavend creating basis for further provocations - MoD
Long term loans value surges in Kazakhstan year-on-year
Uzbekneftegaz announces tender for turboexpander unit supply
Voting in parliamentary elections in Georgia continues normally - Arzu Nagiyev (PHOTO)
Iran and Russia reach to agreement on construction of thermal power plant
Azerbaijani FM forwards his condolences to Turkish people due to Izmir earthquake
Ukraine reports record daily high new coronavirus cases
Uzbek oil and gas production dep’t announces tender for feasibility studies
Loan portfolio of Azerbaijan AFB Bank grows
Elections proceeding peacefully, no serious violations so far in Georgia - Interior Ministry
President Ilham Aliyev interviewed by German ARD TV channel (PHOTO)
Uzbek-Korean Uz-Kor Gas Chemical to buy radiant tubes via tender
Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Innovative Development to buy light vehicles via tender
South Korean companies invited to enter Turkmen market more actively
Azerbaijani FM, ICRC Director General meet to discuss current situation in Karabakh
Armenia's barbaric crimes tantamount to actions of fascists - Mikhail Zabelin (PHOTO)
Reports about shelling of Shusha by Azerbaijani army - another lie, MoD says
Azerbaijan's largest loans share falls on household sector
Azerbaijan's PM meets Pakistani ambassador
Armenian reports on missile attack on Khankendi by Azerbaijani army - lie, says MoD
Azerbaijan develops website to fight spread of Armenian fake news
Presence of PKK terrorists in ranks of Armenian Armed Forces - fact, says aide to Azerbaijani president
Iran reveals value of fishery products exported from Gilan Province
Turkmen MFA opens tender for supply of technical equipment
October conscription for active military service ends in Azerbaijan
Georgia reports 1,673 new coronavirus cases
Uzbekistan reveals its COVID-19 data for October 31
Georgia decreases export to Kazakhstan amid COVID-19
Turkmenistan, Denmark's Haldor Topsoe continue discussions on gasoline plant construction
Azerbaijani-Iranian border outposts reopen after being liberated from Armenian occupation
Some international organizations silent on crimes committed by Armenia - expert
Another earthquake strikes Turkish Izmir Province
Prime Minister of Georgia votes in parliamentary elections
Iran's per capita income declines
Turkmenistan considers opportunities to attract investment to Caspian Sea
Azerbaijani, Georgian experts discuss issues on agenda via teleconference (VIDEO)
Turkmenistan improves transport infrastructure
Iranian currency rates for October 31
Armenian Armed Forces fire at Azerbaijani Aghjabadi district's village
Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili votes at parliamentary elections
Local and international election observer organizations monitor parliamentary elections in Georgia
Parliamentary elections being held with new election system in Georgia
Parliamentary Elections being held in Georgia
Azerbaijani products to be showcased at int’l exhibition in Shanghai
Azerbaijan's income from sales of pharmaceutical products increases
Propylene production grows in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan investing in alternative energy dev't
Azerbaijan denies accusations on use of weapons prohibited by international law
Azerbaijani army fires back at Armenia firing points, which shelled Gubadli - MoD
Latest situation on battlefield on October 31
Azerbaijani Defense Ministry lists Armenian military equipment destroyed
Azerbaijani Tartar, Aghdam, and Aghjabedi districts come under artillery fire
Brazil's COVID-19 cases top 5.5 million with 159,477 deaths
24 dead in Izmir as magnitude 6.6 quake shakes Turkey’s west coast (UPDATE)
U.S. says Iranian hackers behind threatening emails accessed voter data
Israel's COVID-19 cases up by 587, tally reaches 313,701
Trump derides doctors as COVID surges, Biden says Trump 'giving up' on virus
Protesters clash with police over COVID-19 restrictions in Barcelona
U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 9 mln -- Johns Hopkins University
COVID-19 remains public health emergency of international concern: WHO
Meeting of Jeyhun Bayramov with OSCE MG Co-Chairs and Armenian FM ends
Azerbaijan, Armenia reach new agreements following talks in Geneva
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva offered condolences to relatives and loved ones of those killed as a result of earthquake in Izmir (PHOTO)
Azerbaijani army does not fire at civilians - MoD
Franck Muller founder engaged in illegal gold exploration in occupied territories of Azerbaijan – top official
Priests also fighting in ranks of Armenian Armed Forces (PHOTO)
Business confidence forecast to deteriorate in Georgia
Venture funds to be created in Uzbekistan to finance innovative developments
Trade turnover between Ukraine and Georgia decreases
Roads connecting number of Azerbaijan’s Agsu settlements reconstructed (PHOTO)
All climate resources must be mobilized to tackle global warming, UK Ambassador Laurie Bristow
Banking sector of Azerbaijan looks more stable than predicted - CBA chairman
Azerbaijan destroys another "Osa" anti-aircraft missile system of Armenian troops (VIDEO)
UK's coronavirus reproduction number drops slightly to between 1.1 and 1.3
Azerbaijani, Armenian FMs, OSCE MG Co-Chairs holding Karabakh talks in Geneva
Armenia's attack against Barda is crime against humanity perpetrated in widespread manner - Azerbaijani embassy in Canada
Azerbaijani embassy to Canada condemns speeches in House of Commons as they support war crimes
Armenia-inflicted damage on culture in occupied Azerbaijani territories would soon be irreversible - Modern Diplomacy report
All news