After the poisoning of the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal (67) and his daughter Julia (34) in March 2018, the EU imposed sanctions on alleged minds and murderers. Foreign ministers of EU states have decided to ban entry and freeze assets against the two highest executives of the Russian military intelligence service GRU.
The head and the deputy head of the GRU are responsible for the use of neurotoxins in the attack of the ex-double Russian agent Sergei Skripal, according to a statement released Monday. As a result, the two agents are also symbolically placed on the list of sanctions, which allegedly would have carried out the attack in British Salisbury. They have long been sought after by the United Kingdom from the Interpol international police organization.
In March 2018, former double agent Skripal and his daughter Julia were severely poisoned during the attack in Salisbury, UK. The authors used a medium that corresponds to the developed nuclear weapon former Soviet Union Nowitschok. After the British investigations, Russian military intelligence GRU was behind the act. The Moscow government, however, denies any responsibility.
In addition to Russian citizens, EU foreign ministers added five more Syrians and the Syrian Center for Scientific Studies and Research (SSRC) to the list of sanctions on Monday. They are also accused by the EU of being responsible for the spread and use of chemical weapons.
The sanctions are based on a new EU regime for restrictive measures against the use and spread of chemical weapons. It was applied for the first time to the decisions of EU foreign ministers on Monday.