The ongoing sanctions against Russian entities and individuals involved in the acts of aggression against Ukraine will not be lifted. For that to happen, Russia will have to de-occupy Crimea first. David Stulik, press attaché of the EU Delegation in Ukraine, said this in his comment to 112 Ukraine TV channel.
‘The conditions to lift sanctions are well known to all parties; one has to stop violating the international law and set things as they were before the illegal annexation of Crimea. The EU member countries and the EU Ministerial Council simply won’t be able to lift these sanctions until these conditions are observed,’ Stulik said. He admitted that the situation in Crimea remains quite complicated – especially that concerning protection of human rights on the occupied peninsula.
The sanctions against certain Russian entities and individuals were imposed in March 2014, briefly after Crimea was illegally annexed by the Russian troops. In October 2016, the restrictions were prolonged until March 2017.