Skiurlaub- günstig mit FeWo-direkt
Hotelsuche in 

1ST LEAD EU paves way for Russia sanctions for nerve agent attack By Helen Fessenden and Helen Maguire, dpa

By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Luxembourg (dpa) - The European Union has agreed on a legal framework to allow sanctions against chemical weapons use, EU foreign ministers announced Monday.

The move would allow the EU to sanction Russia for its alleged role behind the nerve agent attack on ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the British city of Salisbury in March.

The sanctions will apply to "persons and entities" involved in chemical weapons "anywhere, regardless of their nationality and location," the ministers said in a press release. The measure would also apply to anyone helping or encouraging such attacks.

It is important "to make clear that something like this can‘t be left unpunished," said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, speaking before a meeting of foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

The new measures include the ability to impose travel bans, asset freezes, and bans on EU citizens or groups from making money available to anyone on the sanctions list.

In September, Britain accused two Russian intelligence officers of being responsible for the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

Russian officials have denied any involvement in the poisoning despite strong evidence to the contrary.

British prosecutors charged the two suspects in absentia with conspiracy to murder and possession of a chemical weapon.

These restrictions could also be applied against Syria for its alleged attack on the rebel-held city of Douma in April.

Actual sanctions would likely be decided at a later date.

Among the other topics that EU foreign ministers are taking up Monday are the efforts to stem migration flows by cooperating with northern African countries, with a view to cracking down on illegal trafficking and preventing deaths at sea.

The EU is seeking to enlist more help from northern African states. Many migrants depart from Libya, where political turmoil and conflict has made it hard for the country to patrol its shores.

In June, EU leaders embraced the concept of so-called disembarkation platforms in northern Africa for migrants rescued at sea. No country has come forward, although Egypt and Morocco have been mentioned as possible partners.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and IOM chief Antonio Vitorino were due to take part in the Luxembourg talks, which will also focus on developments in Libya.


Kommentare zu diesem Artikel
Neuer Kommentar
Name *
Email * (wird nicht öffentlich angezeigt)
* Pflichtangaben
Diesen Artikel empfehlen

Absender Empfänger Nachricht (optional)

Weitere Artikel zu diesem Thema
Brüssel (dpa) - Wenn dieser Tage erneut über den britischen EU-Austritt abgestimmt werden würde, käme es einer neuen EU-Umfrage zufolge nicht zu einem Brexit. Jeder zweite Brite (51 Prozent) würde zurzeit für einen Verbleib des Landes in der EU
Brüssel (dpa) - Ein Brexit ohne Vertrag würde aus Sicht der europäischen Autoindustrie das gesamte Geschäftsmodell der Branche bedrohen. Vor dem EU-Gipfel am Mittwochabend richtete der Herstellerverband Acea einen dramatischen Appell an die
Jakarta (dpa) - Indonesia, the world‘s largest Muslim-majority country, on Tuesday warned Australia that moving its embassy to Jerusalem could undermine a peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Australian Prime Minister Scott
Istanbul (dpa) - A Turkish prosecutor has appealed a court decision from last week that set US pastor Andrew Brunson free, characterizing the decision as "wrongful," Turkish media reported on Tuesday.However, should the appeal be successful, any
Luxembourg (dpa) - EU foreign ministers are due Monday to discuss efforts to stem migration flows by cooperating with northern African countries, with a view to cracking down on illegal trafficking and preventing deaths at sea.Around 88,000 people
Belgrade (dpa) - The Macedonian parliament is due to begin debating constitutional amendments to change the country‘s name in a bid to end a long-running diplomatic feud with Greece.Lawmakers are considering whether to begin the process, for
Tipps der Redaktion aus dem Nachrichtenportal
Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s contingency plan for a no-deal Brexit is inadequate, a leader of Germany‘s pro-business FDP opposition party told dpa on Wednesday, just hours before she was set to address parliament on
Dusseldorf, Germany (dpa) - The prosecutor‘s office that handles terrorism cases in Germany confirmed on Wednesday that it is investigating an arson attack and hostage-taking by a suspected Islamist in the western city of Cologne.Investigators
Istanbul (dpa) - The United States‘ top diplomat arrived in Ankara on Wednesday to discuss the case of missing Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to state news agency Anadolu.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was met by
Kabul (dpa) - A number of German military transport helicopters were shot at though no injuries were reported during a flight in Afghanistan‘s northern Kunduz province, the military said late Tuesday. The helicopters were fired upon while
Brussels (dpa) - If Britain were to hold another referendum today on the country‘s membership in the European Union, the eurosceptics might not repeat their success, according to a study released on Wednesday.Around every second person in
Munich (dpa) - Thousands of investors in insolvent shipping container management firm P&R gathered in Munich on Wednesday to discuss their claims in one of the biggest German investment scandals in recent history.Some 54,000 investors - most of them
Tipps der Redaktion aus dem Reiseportal
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - Norway‘s Marit Bjoergen wins the 30-kilometres cross country ski race to become the best decorated Winter Olympian of a all time with eight gold, four silver and three bronze.
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - China highlighted that construction for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics is in full swing while trying to defuse questions on the sensitive issue of artificial snow-making at the ski venues.Organizing committee BOCOG
Berlin (dpa) - Figure skating events at the Pyeongchang Olympics, with day and time (in GMT), 2014 champions and athletes to watch.Monday, February 12, 0100: team event (Russia) Thursday, February 15, 0130: pairs (Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov,
Seoul (dpa) - An overview of venues to be used to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in 2018.Pyeongchang Mountain ClusterLocated around 180 kilometres east of Seoul in the Gangwon province. Here there is the 35,000-capacity Olympic stadium for the
Frankfurt (dpa) - Germany will be unable to host an Olympic Games inside the next decade but the subject will not remain closed, a leading official has said."The overall topic of a potential bid has rather a mid- or long-term character," German
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - The International Olympic Committee advanced plans on Thursday to set up an independent anti-doping testing system following the drugs scandal in Russian sports.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is also set to


(14.11.2018 17:16)

6 / 10 °C

4 / 8 °C
-2 / 7 °C
powered by
Stock News

Agenda - The Week Ahea ...
Agenda - The Week Ahea ...

Afghan Farah Governor ...
Ministry Warns Cinema ...

Merkel under pressure ...
1ST LEAD One Palestini ...

URGENT: Norway's Bjoe ...
China highlights Beiji ...

© europe online publishing house GmbH, Weiden, Germany, | Impressum