EU Bans Syrian Oil Imports To Weaken Regime

Law360, New York (September 2, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT) -- The European Union on Friday banned the import of Syrian oil in order to deprive the embattled government of critical funds as it continues to suppress a civilian uprising.

The move is the EU’s latest and sternest rebuke to President Bashar al-Assad and forces Syria, which had reportedly sent 95 percent of its oil exports to Europe, to find a new and lucrative petroleum market. The U.S. has already imposed a similar ban on Syrian oil imports in order to force the Assad regime to step...
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