Sanctions Profile: Chemical Weapons

At a glance

The EU adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1542 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544 in October 2018 to establish a new sanctions regime to address the use and proliferation of chemical weapons.

The UK adopted The Chemical Weapons (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 in January 2021 to deter the proliferation and use of chemical weapons, and encourage the effective implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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Third countries align with EU chemical weapons & Belarus sanctions

The EU Council adopted the following decisions in October and November 2020: Decision (CFSP) 2020/1466, which renewed the EU’s chemical weapons sanctions regime for 1 year; Decision (CFSP) 2020/1482, which designated 6 Russian officials and a research institution for their alleged involvement in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny; and Decision (CFSP) 2020/1650, which added 15 officials to the EU’s Belarus …

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EU sanctions 6 Russian officials & 1 entity for Navalny poisoning

The EU has listed 6 Russian officials, including the Director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), and 1 entity under its chemical weapons sanctions regime for their involvement in the assassination attempt on Alexei Navalny using a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group in August 2020. They will now be subject to an asset freeze, travel ban, and EU …

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EU preparing sanctions for Navalny poisoning & on Lukashenko

Josep Borrell (EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs) said at a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council yesterday (12 October 2020) that EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs have agreed: to start preparing more sanctions on Belarus, to include Alexander Lukashenko (we reported yesterday that EU had adopted conclusions); and to enact in EU sanctions the listing proposals put forward …

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EU renews chemical weapons & Nicaragua sanctions regimes for 1 year

Chemical Weapons The EU Council has renewed the sanctions regime addressing the use and proliferation of chemical weapons for 1 year until 16 October 2021. The sanctions (asset freeze and travel ban) currently apply to 9 people, 5 linked to the Syrian regime, and 4 involved in the Salisbury Novichok attack, and 1 Syria-based organisation. See press release. Nicaragua The …

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Germany & France to propose sanctions for Navalny poisoning & UK confirms support

The German and French governments have announced that they will propose to the EU that sanctions (asset freeze and travel ban) should be imposed on a number of individuals whom they consider responsible for the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in August 2020, and an entity involved in the Novichok programme. The decision was reached following the Organisation for the Prohibition …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1542

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1542

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/84

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1463


Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544

Parent Decision

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/86

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1722

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1466

The Chemical Weapons (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/618)