Council of the European Union accepted a new sanctions regime for counteraction to chemical weapon. What changes in the mechanism of imposition of sanctions? Photo: depositphotos.com the EU Council accepted a new sanctions regime for counteraction to chemical weapon. "The European Union will be from now on capable to impose sanctions on persons and the organizations participating anywhere in development and use of chemical weapon irrespective of their nationality and the place where they are" — it is said in the statement. What changes in the mechanism of imposition of sanctions? Business FM discussed it with the CEO of the Russian council for the international affairs Andrey Kortunov. Igor Lomakin talked to it. — the decision of the EU Is how significant? — It is significant in the sense that a certain precedent, that is the mechanism which will allow to impose sanctions against natural and legal entities in a routine order is created, and it increases chances that such sanctions will be imposed. Besides, it is obvious, it is necessary to consider this decision in the context of the events now meetings of executive committee of council of OPCW, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons which tries to acquire for this organization the right of attribution, that is the right of definition of the one who used chemical weapon who bears responsibility for its use. It just what Russia so consistently opposes, insisting that only the UN Security Council has the right of attribution. Risks are such that in a routine order from time to time these or those Russian natural or legal entities will be accused of participation in use of chemical weapon and irrespective of how reasonable such charges will seem to the Russian side, sanctions, sanctions on blocking of assets, sanctions against movement of natural persons across the territory of the European Union, but subsequently, perhaps will be imposed, also some in addition tougher sanctions will be accepted. Though I want to make a reservation: as far as I know, Russia per se is not mentioned in this decision at all, that is it is about a certain universal procedure which can be used concerning anyone, and theoretically concerning some western organizations or the western legal entities also. — The surname Skripalya there too is not present, by the way. After all the European Union had tools to impose sanctions earlier, but by and large unless changes? — By and large, if to speak about this mechanism, of course, he will hardly give rise to serious drama consequences. I very much doubt that this movement sanctions can lead to introduction of new sectoral sanctions, that is sanctions against the whole sectors of the Russian economy. But I repeat that here the precedent is important, the fact that sanctions without discussion and without decision of the UN Security Council will be imposed that, perhaps, some sanctions will be imposed only on the basis of the existing suspicions, but not on the basis of some proofs which could be shown is important here. Besides, in general, as we know, traditionally
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