EU prolongs Russia ‘territorial integrity’ sanctions for 6 months

EU6As foreshadowed last week, the EU has prolonged its sanctions on Russia over “actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine” for a further 6 months, until 15 March 2019. The measures consist of an asset freeze and travel ban on 155 people and 44 entities. The legal acts will be published in the Official Journal tomorrow. See EU press release here.

EU to extend Russia ‘territorial integrity’ sanctions for 6 months

EU5Yesterday, EU ambassadors agreed to extend for 6 months the EU’s sanctions on Russia for “actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine”. These measures consist of an asset freeze and travel ban on 155 people and 44 entities. The legal acts will be published in the Official Journal in the coming days.

3rd countries align with EU sanctions on Libya, DPRK, Russia/Ukraine, Maldives & Terrorism

EU3.jpgLibya: On 30 July 2018, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1086, which removed an individual (Omar Ashkal) from its Libya sanctions. The following countries have aligned themselves with that Decision: Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Moldova, and Georgia. See EU press release.

DPRK: On 30 July 2018, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1087, which updated its sanctions on North Korea (DPRK). The following countries have aligned themselves with that Decision: Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Moldova, and Armenia. See EU press release.

Russia/Ukraine: On 5 July 2018, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/964, which prolonged its sectoral sanctions on Russia for a further 6 months, until 31 January 2019. On 30 July, the EU also adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1085, which added 6 entities to its Russia/Ukraine sanctions (actions undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine) for their involvement in the construction of the Kerch Bridge connecting Russia to the Crimean Peninsula. The following countries have aligned themselves with both of those Decisions: Montenegro, Albania, Norway, and Ukraine. See respective EU press releases here and here.

Maldives: On 16 July 2018, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1006, which established a sanctions framework on the Maldives in response to the country’s “continuing deterioration of the rule of law and human rights”. The following countries have aligned themselves with that Decision: Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Liechtenstein, Norway, Moldova, and Armenia. See EU press release.

Terrorism: On 16 July 2018, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1000, which added Algerian national Rabah Tahari to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaeda sanctions list. On 30 July, the EU also adopted Council Decision 2018/1084, which updated the list of persons and entities involved in terrorist acts as laid down by Council Common Position 2001/931/CFSP. The following countries have aligned themselves with both of those Decisions: Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Moldova, and Armenia. Furthermore, Liechtenstein and Georgia have aligned themselves with Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1000 only. See respective EU press releases here and here.

UN & EU remove ‘Taji Industrial Complex’ from Iraq sanctions list

UN5Yesterday, the UN Security Council removed Taji Industrial Complex from its Iraq sanctions list. As a result, the entity will no longer be subject to UN asset freezing measures. UN press release here.

On 7 September 2018, the EU implemented this UN delisting, see Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1218.

UN, US & EU add 3 people to ISIL & Al-Qaida sanctions list

UN4The UN Security Council has added 3 people to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list. As a result, Mohammed Yusip Karim, Mohamad Rafi Bin Udin, and Muhammed Reza Lahaman Kiram will now be subject to a UN asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo. See UN press release here.

The US implemented these UN sanctions on 24 August 2018, see OFAC Notice and US Treasury press release.

The EU implemented them on 27 August 2018, see Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1204.

UK asks EU to match US sanctions on Russia

Jeremy Hunt.jpgThe UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the UK will ask the EU to strengthen sanctions on Russia in order to stand “shoulder to shoulder with the US”. The US recently increased its sanctions on Russia pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (previous blog). Mr Hunt said he wished to “match” US Russia sanctions without necessarily imposing exactly the same measures. He will address the United States Institute of Peace, Washington USA, later today – live webcast here.

EU implements UN arms embargo on South Sudan

EU4On 13 July 2018, the UN Security Council adopted UNSC Resolution 2428 (2018), which (inter alia) imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan until 31 May 2019 and designated two “high-ranking” individuals (Malek Reuben Riak Rengu and Paul Malong Awan) for targeted measures (previous blog).

Earlier this week (13 August), the EU implemented those UN sanctions on South Sudan. See Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1125, Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1115, Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1116 and EU press release.

UN & US terrorist designations

Terrorist.jpgLast week (9 August), the UN Security Council added Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list. He will now be subject to a UN asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo. See UN press release and narrative summary for listing. The EU implemented this UN listing yesterday, see Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1138. UK OFSI Notice here.

Earlier this week (13 August), the US State Department designated Qassim Abdullah Ali Ahmed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 (asset freeze). According to the Department of State press release, “[Mr Ahmed] is an Iran-based leader of al-Ashtar Brigades (AAB), a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and SDGT that seeks to overthrow the Bahraini government. [Mr Ahmed] has recruited terrorists in Bahrain, facilitated training on weapons and explosives for AAB members, and supplied AAB members with funding, weapons, and explosives to carry out attacks.” OFAC Notice here.