Putin condemns the new US sanctions aimed at "strangling" Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday condemned the new US sanctions on Syria, which he said were aimed at "strangling" this country, which has been torn by armed conflict since 2011.

"The new sanctions that were imposed are undoubtedly aimed at stifling Syria economically," Putin said during a video interview with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts.

In this context, the Russian President called for strengthening the sending of humanitarian aid to Syria and "supporting the Syrians".

In mid-June, the United States passed dozens of sanctions targeting the Syrian regime under Caesar's law.

According to Washington, the sanctions aim to push Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to accept resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council in 2015, which calls for a ceasefire, elections and a political transition in Syria.

Caesar's law specifically provides for the freezing of reconstruction aid, and imposes sanctions on the system and the companies cooperating with it, as long as the human rights violations committed by it are not held accountable.

It targets many members of the family of President Assad and his close associates, and includes 39 personalities and entities, including the wife of the Syrian President, Asmaa.

The war in Syria since its inception in 2011 has killed more than 380,000 people and displaced millions.


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