The EU Council extended sanctions for the use of chemical weapons for a year, including in the case of the Skripal poisoning. The sanctions were extended until October 16, 2021.

The sanctions list includes nine people – four associated with the use of Novichok in Salisbury, five – with chemical attacks in Syria.

“This decision contributes to the EU’s efforts to combat the proliferation and use of chemical weapons, which pose a serious threat to international security,” the EU Council said in a statement.

Also, sanctions were imposed on one organization – the Syrian Center for Scientific Research.