The U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions against entities that support the Assad regime’s efforts to procure arms and communications equipment that contribute to the regime’s violence against the Syrian people. Belvneshpromservice, a Belarusian state-owned unitary export and import enterprise, is also on the list.
According to the U.S. Department of Treasury, Syria’s Army Supply Bureau and Belarus-based Belvneshpromservice are being designated today pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which targets the assets of proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters.
Belvneshpromservice (BVPS) is being designated today for providing services to Syria’s Army Supply Bureau. In March 2011, Syria’s Army Supply Bureau prepared to receive possible fuses for general purpose aerial bombs from BVPS. Aerial bombs were used by the Syrian military as recently as July 2012, in an aerial bombardment of Aleppo as part of a coordinated assault by government forces to intimidate opposition forces, the press release reads.
“Today’s actions seek to disrupt the flow of weapons and communications equipment to the Syrian regime and help prevent their use against the Syrian people,” said Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “The identification of Iranian aircraft also further highlights Iran’s ongoing effort to support the Assad regime’s WMD programs and crackdown against the Syrian people.”
Introducing sanctions means that BVPS will be deprived of the opportunity to do business with American entities or have government relations, its assets being frozen.
Belarus-based BVPS was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of State, pursuant to INKSNA in December 2011.
According to its official web site, Belvneshpromservice offers export and import of military, special and dual-purpose products manufactured in the former USSR, the CIS countries; delivery of Air Defense, Air Force and Land Forces armament, materiel and ammunition; delivery of spare parts for the Air Defense, Air Force and Land Forces armament and materiel; modernization of the Air Defense, Air Force and Land Forces armament and materiel; services related to overhaul of systems and separate units of armaments and materiel, etc.