However, due to the Syrian government`s crackdown on its opposition, the EU imposes an embargo on Syria.  Since 2011, the EU has supported the Syrian National Opposition Council and called for opposition from the current government.  Since 2012, it has recognised the opposition as a legitimate representative of the Syrian people Before the war, the EU was Syria`s main trading partner with €3.6 billion in EU merchandise exports to Syria and €3.5 billion in Syrian exports to the EU. Article V allows nationals of one Contracting Party to enter, reside, stay or stay in the territory of the other Contracting Party in order to promote trade between the two countries, provided that the enjoyment of the above-mentioned rights is subject to the laws and regulations of that other Party, which generally apply equally to all aliens. Further information on the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Agreement between the GOVERNMENT OF INDIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SYRIA Article IX The two Parties agree to meet, at the request of a Party, to verify the implementation of this Agreement and to ensure proper compliance with its provisions. The restrictive measures implemented by the EU also concern the financial and transport sectors, as well as the financing of certain companies and infrastructure projects in Syria. In addition, the funds and economic resources of individuals and entities that support and/or profit from the Syrian regime have also been frozen. Following the uprising of Syrian citizens in the spring of 2011 and the resulting escalation of violence and human rights violations, the EU suspended its bilateral cooperation with the Syrian government and froze the draft Association Agreement.