European Union governments agreed in principle on Thursday to extend sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, EU diplomats said.
"There is a principal agreement to extend the list of sanctioned persons by five," an EU diplomat said, declining to give details of the individuals targeted.
The EU wants to increase pressure on Syria`s regime to end a crackdown against demonstrators. It has already imposed restrictive measures against him and at least two dozen officials, and has targeted military-linked companies in Syria.
Under Thursday's agreement, five more people will be targeted with restrictions such as asset freezes and a travel ban.
Once formally approved by EU envoys, the sanctions will come into effect early next week.
EU also keep pushing for a UN resolution at UN Security Council regarding Syria, as Syrian regime are still forcing more crackdown at people protests.
For its part, Russia believes that a solution to the crisis in Syria should be find avoiding foreign interference, Russia`s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told Russia Today.
He added that Moscow opposes a UNSC resolution on Surya since similar measures against Libya did no good.
Mr. Bogdanov urged Damascus to focus more on political and economic reforms.