EU\Australia- European Union foreign ministers agreed on new sanctions on Syria on Monday, extending a travel ban and asset freeze on six companies and one person, as the bloc's foreign policy chief expressed concern about the shooting down of a Turkish warplane by Syrian forces.
The European Union said foreign ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg agreed on sanctions targeting one Syrian individual and six entities. There were no immediate details on those targeted.
The EU has imposed fresh sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime over its 16-month-long crackdown on the opposition.
With the additions, a total of 129 individuals and 49 entities in Syria are now subject to EU sanctions. The EU has imposed a raft of sanctions on Syria, including a ban on oil exports and sanctions against members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's family and top officials.
"What had happened with the jet plane is very dangerous," Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told journalists before the meeting. "This shows a total disrespect for human life. There were two pilots in the plane and to shoot it down without prior warning is something that I think only can happen in a dictatorship."
The ministers also formally approved a deal reached last week to ban insurance and reinsurance of arms shipments to Syria. The EU adopted an arms embargo on Syria last year.
The EU sanctions, which will be detailed when they are published Tuesday, are the 16th round of measures imposed on the Syrian regime over its crackdown on opponents. It comes after fresh violence over the weekend and with the United Nations-proposed cease-fire plan for Syria appearing to be on the brink of failure.
EU foreign ministers have also praised Turkey for showing restraint after the plane was shot down.
Earlier Monday, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said, "We are very concerned" about the shooting down of a Turkish warplane by Syrian forces over the weekend, and she hoped Turkey would be "restrained" in its response.