EU Adds More Syria Sanctions

From LA Times

The European Union stiffened sanctions against the Syrian oil industry Friday to bring more pressure to bear on the regime of President Bashar Assad, which has met months of protests with violence.

But the new measures are unlikely to satisfy critics who say sanctions against the Syrian energy sector are riddled with loopholes that leave their effectiveness in doubt.

The EU said it was prohibiting further European investment in Syrian enterprises “engaged in exploration, production and refining crude oil, both in their country and abroad.” European energy companies can no longer enter into partnerships with Syrian counterparts or acquire stakes in them.

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