Netherlands, Switzerland and UAE sanctioned for oil supply to Syria


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Geneva, Switzerland – On Saturday, The U.S. announced imposing new sanctions on energy companies that supply the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad. 

The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on six oil companies in four countries deemed suppliers to the Assad regime.

The targets were based in the Netherlands, Syria, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

“We are committed to exposing, isolating, and targeting the Syrian regime’s support networks,” Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen said.

The sanctions, announced on Dec. 17, targeted the UAE’s Maxima Middle East Trading, the Dutch contractor Staroil, Switzerland’s Rixo International and Bluemarine as well as Syria’s Abdul Karim Group. Undersecretary Cohen stated that the companies and their directors worked with Assad and the UAE’s Pangates International to ship jet fuel for the Syrian Air Force.


Reporting by: Lorin Silo

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