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EU decision to extend anti-Syrian sanctions comes into effect

May 28, 9:30 UTC+3 BRUSSELS
The decision to extend restrictive measures was made by the Council of the European Union on Friday
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BRUSSELS, May 28. /TASS/. European Union’s decision to extend sanctions against Syria by one year comes into effect on Saturday, May 28, says the Official Journal which published the legal acts.

The decision to extend restrictive measures was made by the Council of the European Union on Friday. The statement said sanctions against Syria would stay in place "as long as repression continues".

The sanctions include an oil embargo, restrictions on investments, a freeze on the assets of the Syrian Central bank within the European Union, embargo on trade with dual purpose technologies, as well as export restrictions on equipment and technology for monitoring or interception of internet or telephone communications. Besides, more than 200 Syrian individuals and 70 entities have been blacklisted in the EU.

The sanctions will stay in place until July 1, 2017.

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