An EU news release on 15th October announced that the EU Council had decided to adopt a new regime of restrictive measures to address the use and proliferation of chemical weapons – to impose sanctions:
- On persons and entities involved in the development and use of chemical weapons anywhere, regardless of their nationality and location; and
- To target persons and entities who are directly responsible for the development and use of chemical weapons as well as those who provide financial, technical or material support, and those who assist, encourage or are associated with them.
Sanctions are to involve a travel ban on entering the EU and an asset freeze for persons, and an asset freeze for entities. In addition, EU persons and entities would be forbidden from making funds available to those listed.