Subjects – Syria Report



Two events last week highlighted the specific role the Czech Republic plays in relations between the European Union and Syria. The Czech State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travelled to Damascus where he met with Syrian officials, becoming one of the most senior European diplomats to visit Syria since the onset of the uprising in 2011. Meanwhile, a Czech engineering company got involved in the electricity sector, which is sanctioned by the EU.
A visit by the Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce to Saudi Arabia, initially scheduled for April 24, has been “postponed,” without a clear explanation, although a source close to the Syrian federation blamed elections at the Saudi Chamber of Commerce scheduled for this week.
On January 28, Russian company RPOST-M LLC was established in Syria to provide security services. The company was founded by Maxim Yurievich Grekhov, reportedly a former undercover officer for the Russian intelligence services. The recent establishment of the RPOST-M branch in Damascus may suggest a strategy of distributing the previous interest of Wagner among different companies, instead of a single company or leader.


This 9300-word report presents a detailed account of international sanctions on Syria. It delves into the American and European sanctions programs, exemptions, and challenges in enforcing sanctions.


Import and wholesale and retail trade of plastic granules, raw materials, chemicals, and industrial production lines.
Import, export, and trade of communication devices, microchips, and electronic circuits.