What are Sanctions?

What are Sanctions?

Sanctions are political trade tools, mainly put in place against target countries with the aim of maintaining or restoring international peace and security.

Their principal purpose is usually to change the behaviour of the target country’s regimes, individuals or groups in a direction which will improve the situation in that country.

The ultimate objective of a sanction varies according to the situation. For example, an arms embargo and a ban on the export of certain items or raw materials could be aimed at supporting a peace process and restricting the financing of weapons. sanctions may also be aimed at preventing weapons from falling into the wrong hands, disrupting terrorist operations, or trying to change the policies and actions of the target countries.

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