Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- The European Union (EU) said it was expanding sanctions against Myanmar to include the junta's rulers and some companies controlled by the military.

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell spoke at a press conference after a video conference meeting of EU Foreign Ministers.

Borrell said in a statement that it was the second time they had decided to sanction Myanmar, and this time the sanctions were broader.

Borrell said 10 individuals and two military-owned organizations have been added to the sanctions list for their roles in the coup and in the crackdown on the public.

The EU said in a statement that those sanctioned were responsible for weakening democracy and the rule of law, repressive decisions, and serious human rights violations. The decision also sends a clear message that continuing on the current path to military leadership will only bring more suffering and will never provide legitimacy," the statement said.

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