The EU pretends to want to help people in Syria: EU humanitarian aid is dishonest and hypocritical. The leading Western states and their allies continue the economic war against Syria. At the same time, they hypocritically pretend to want to help the people in the war-torn country. To this end, they have organised another ‘donor conference’ to collect donations. But the money is not meant for all Syrians. (…) Media that do not reflect the responsibility of the EU and the USA and, very concretely, of the German government for the plight of Syria, and that do not at least present the dishonesty and hypocrisy of EU humanitarian aid, have failed in their mission.
The leading Western states and their allies continue the economic war against Syria. (…) The EU aggravates the US trade war against Syria, its neighbours and allies through its own economic coercive measures. (…) Unilateral sanctions are contrary to international law. They are an instrument of pressure by rich states to destroy others, mainly developing countries, which do not want to bow to the political will of the rich states. (…) In other words, the EU and the US administration are waging an economic war against Syria.
Within the context of the Syrian conflict, EU sanctions, imposed since 9 May 2011, respond to the repression perpetrated on the Syrian people by the Syrian regime and its supporters, including through the use of live ammunition against peaceful protesters and the regime’s involvement in the proliferation and use of chemical weapons.
EU sanctions against the regime were extended in May 2020 for one year.
The goal of these measures is not to destroy Syria or wage an economic war, but to put pressure on the Syrian regime to halt its repression and negotiate a lasting political settlement of the Syrian crisis in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 under UN auspices. They are part and parcel of the EU’s wider approach to the Syria crisis, as outlined in the EU strategy on Syria.