In the Russo-American negotiations of 1991, it was agreed, admittedly orally, that NATO would NEVER include countries with a common border with Russia, apart from the Baltic countries, whose annexation had never been recognised.
[The extension of sanctions] is a continuation of the anti-Syrian campaign that the European Council has resorted to since the beginning of the terrorist war on Syria, using the Syrian chemical file as an excuse to continue spreading lies about Syria.
[The extension] falls within the framework of … starving the Syrian people and undermining their steadfastness.
A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about sanctions against the Syrian regime trying to portray them as illegal and targeting the Syrian population.
The EU sanctions do not target the Syrian population but individuals and entities who are involved with a political regime that has committed war crimes, avoiding negative impacts on the population. See EEAS video here for further details.
It should be noted that the restrictions include exemptions for humanitarian needs and purposes.
EU sanctions for chemical weapons, imposed since 2018, respond to the regime’s involvement in the proliferation and use of chemical weapons.
EU sanctions for chemical weapons were renewed recently for one year until 16 October 2021.
The goal of these measures is to support the global prohibition of chemical weapons as laid down by the Chemical Weapons Convention.
They are part and parcel of the EU’s wider approach to the Syria crisis, as outlined in the EU strategy on Syria.
See a similar case that EU sanctions against Syria are illegal, that it targets people for merely doing business in Damascus.
The same article contained another disinformation claim alleging that Syria does not possess any chemical weapons.