By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

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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EU Russia & Iran & chemical weapons designations

The EU has made the following designations (press release & press release): 10 individuals and 1 entity linked to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, and the production of chemical weapons delivery systems in Syria (Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/2228 & Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/2232 ) 29 individuals and 3 entities relating to the death of Mahsa Amini and the violent response to the recent demonstrations in Iran (Council Implementing Regulations (EU) …

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EU renewed its chemical weapons sanctions regime

Today, EU extended its sanctions against chemical weapons for one year. The restrictive measures currently in place target a total of 15 individuals and 2 entities. Press release. The legal acts are: Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1936 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1944. Updated 18 October 2022.

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OFAC designates Iranian entity over supply of drones to Russia

OFAC has designated 4 Iran-based entities and 1 Iranian national said to be involved in the production and transport of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Safrian Airport Services has been designated pursuant to executive Order (E.O.) 14024 (Russian sanctions) for its shipment of UAVs to Russia for use in its war against Ukraine, whilst Paravar Pars Company, Design and Manufacturing of …

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Recent US designations

In recent weeks, the US has imposed sanctions and visa restriction measures related to various sanctions regimes and countries. These are summarised below. Somalia In response to delays in the Somali parliamentary electoral process, the US State Department imposed visa restrictions on an unspecified number of people said to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in …

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UK amendeds 79 entries on the consolidated list

On Friday, 18 March 2022, the FCDO updated the UK Sanctions List on GOV.UK. Amendments have been made to entries under the following financial sanctions regimes: Belarus; Chemical Weapons; Cyber; Russia and Zimbabwe. The following entries in the Russia financial sanctions regime have been corrected and are still subject to an asset freeze: Mikhail Maratovic FRIDMAN (Group ID: 14615) Petr Olegovich AVEN …

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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 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1936


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

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1799

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1944

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

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