(BRUSSELS) - European Union foreign ministers are set to slap fresh sanctions on Syria next week, adding 22 individuals and eight companies to an existing blacklist, EU diplomats said Wednesday.
“As long as the repression continues we will step up our restrictive measures,” said an EU diplomatic source speaking on condition of anonymity.
The sanctions are expected to be announced by foreign ministers meeting next Monday in Brussels, another EU diplomat said.
The EU has already agreed 10 rounds of sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, with some 120 people and companies targeted so far by an EU assets freeze and travel ban.
No details were immediately available on the identities of the new targets.
The 27-nation bloc is also enforcing an arms embargo and a ban on imports of Syrian crude oil.
In December, it expanded its sanctions list to include Syria’s finance and economy ministers, state-owned oil companies and two media organisations.
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