The press got a draft statement by EU leaders at the EU summit, which will take place in Brussels on 20-21 October. According to the document, European leaders are considering imposing sanctions against supporters of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, if Syrian bombing of Aleppo does not cease.
A draft final resolution was made available to AFP, said
The Daily Star. “The European Council strongly condemns the attacks of the Syrian regime and its allies, especially Russia, on the civilian population of Aleppo,” the document says.
In that part of the statement, where we are talking about sanctions, Russia is not mentioned directly. “The EU is considering all options, including further restrictive measures against individuals and entities supporting the regime who intend to continue the current atrocities”, – stated in the document, which appeared at journalists on the eve of the EU summit in Brussels. However, the resolution intensifies the tone towards Moscow and its role in the civil war in Syria.
The drafters of the document warned that “those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and human rights must be brought to justice.” The resolution called for “unhindered humanitarian access to Aleppo” and other parts of Syria “to immediately cease hostilities and to resume a credible political process under the UN auspices”.
In addition, the leaders of 28 countries-members of the European Union are treated in the final statement of the Supreme representative of EU for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini and to the European Commission (the Executive body of the EU. – Approx. NEWSru.com) with a request to continue medical evacuation in cooperation with the UN. Mogherini also asked to achieve a political transition in Syria in cooperation with the main players in the region that the document is not listed.
Last night a senior source in Germany told Reuters that EU leaders will take at the summit in Brussels any decisions on the issue of sanctions against Russia because of the situation in Syria. At the same time, the interlocutor of the Agency noted that the issue of introduction of sanctions against Russia remains on the agenda and is regarded as one of the options. “It is expected that they (the sanctions. – Approx. NEWSru.com) will remain on the agenda after the summit,” the source explained.
Monday, 17 October in Luxembourg took place the meeting of the EU Council at level of foreign Ministers of the EU countries. Although the last weeks before this meeting in the press was actively discussed the possibility of introducing punitive measures against Russia over the situation in Syria during the talks, European Ministers said only the extension of sanctions against the “Syrian individuals and legal entities who support the regime”. None of the countries of the European Union has not proposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the situation in Syria.
Also on 16 October the foreign Minister of Britain, Boris Johnson and the head of the U.S. Department of state John Kerry said the results of the negotiations in Londonthat London and Washington are considering imposing sanctions against Syria and Russia due to the aggravation of the situation around Aleppo. The head of the British foreign Ministry noted that possible restrictive measures will be economic in nature.