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The foreign Ministry commented on the extension of U.S. sanctions and the EU against Syria

U.S. sanctions against Syria under the so-called "act of Caesar" cripple the Syrian economy and wreak havoc on ordinary citizens, while the negative effect of unilateral sanctions cannot be compensated either by donor contributions or humanitarian exemptions, which in practice do not work, said Deputy foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Vershinin.

"Regrettable that on the eve of the conference, may 28, the EU adopted a decision to extend the illegal unilateral sanctions against Syria imposed bypassing the UN security Council. Prior to this, on 7 may, a similar decision was taken in Washington, and then, on June 17, reinforced its entry into force the so-called "Act of Caesar". In the words of this law and sanctions supposedly aimed at the protection of civilians in Syria, but in fact cripple the Syrian economy and hit ordinary Syrians," said Vershinin during the international online conference "Brussels-4". The text of his speech published on the foreign Ministry website.

Vershinin stressed that the conference "with the growing concern mentioned about the serious deterioration of the socio-economic situation in the country, resulting in dramatic numbers."

"These alarming assessments we share. The Syrian economy, infrastructure and social facilities suffered enormous damage as a result of years of armed confrontation and aggression of the terrorists. One of the reasons for the current predicament are unilateral sanctions, the negative effect of which cannot be compensated either by donor contributions or declared humanitarian exemptions, which in practice do not work. The Syrians, who survived the worst years of war and rampant terrorism, are now forced to confront the "economic strangulation" of sanctions and blockade, except that collective punishment will not name," said Vershinin.

The Deputy Minister stressed that the key to Syria, whether it be the return of refugees and provision of humanitarian assistance and the promotion of the political process, should not be discussed without the representatives of the legitimate government of the SAR. Donor conference on Syria, "the Brussels-4", organised by the European Union under UN auspices, was held without participation of official Damascus, with which the EU does not support relations. The EU declare that they will not participate in the reconstruction of Syria, there is not going to happen "political transformation".

The President of the United States Donald trump signed the law, which became known as "Caesar", at the end of 2019. It entered into force on 1 June and includes the sanctions, affecting virtually all sectors of the economy of Syria. The sanctions list was expanded on June 17, under the restriction got 14 people, including the wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, ASMA and his sister Bushra, and 21 organization.

Foreign Minister of Syria Walid Muallem said that the US is trying to deprive the Syrian population, "the last piece of bread," using sanctions as a last weapon to achieve their goals in Syria. According to him, Damascus has learned to resist sanctions Washington and take action to counter the effects of sanctions.