The EU Council informs that the matter is about restrictive measures taken in response to the poisoning of former Russian intelligence agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter in British Salisbury, as well as in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian authorities.
Sanctions include a ban on entry into the territory of the European Union, asset freezing for individuals and legal entities.
Currently applied to nine individuals: five, associated with the Syrian regime, and four, involved in the poisoning in Salisbury. And also to one organization – the Center for Scientific Research in Syria.
The poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia occurred on March 4, 2018 in Salisbury.
A former GRU officer, Sergei Skripal, who worked for British intelligence, who had dual citizenship of Russia and the United Kingdom, and his daughter, a Russian citizen Julia, who flew in from Moscow to visit her father, were poisoned with nerve agent and hospitalized in an unconscious state.
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Both managed to survive.
UK law enforcement authorities suspect Russia's top leadership of involvement in the poisoning of the Skripals.