Russian Foreign Ministry: Moscow won't join steps to enforce EU sanctions against Syria

Russia will not join steps to enforce EU sanctions against Syria and, in particular, will not give its consent to inspections of ships operating under the Russian flag, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"The Council of the European Union decided on July 23 to impose the 17th package of sanction measures against Syria. In this connection, we would like to reaffirm our principled and consistent position of rejection of unilateral sanctions in relation to Syria," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a commentary posted on the ministry website on Saturday.

"We view their implementation as steps violating sovereignty of countries, the principle of non-interference in internal affairs, and UN Security Council prerogatives in maintaining international peace and security," he said.

"We are not inclined to take part in events to enforce the EU decisions aimed against Syria. In particular, we will not consider requests or give our consent to inspections of ships sailing under the Russian flag or the application of other restrictive measures against them," he said.

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