On March 5, the Council of the European Union has officially extended the sanctions against former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his allies as the website of the council reported.
“The Council today decided to prolong for one more year until 6 March 2021 the existing asset freezes directed against 10 persons identified as responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds or for the abuse of office causing a loss to Ukrainian public funds,” the message said.
Meanwhile, the EU lifted sanctions from two persons. Correspondent of Radio Liberty in Brussels Rikard Jozwiak reported on Twitter that the sanctions were not extended against former prime minister Mykola Azarov and ex-minister of energy Eduard Stavytsky.
The legal acts will be published in the Official Journal on 6 March 2020.
Initially, the sanctions were imposed in March 2014 and extended annually.
Earlier, it was reported that the European Union is preparing to lift sanctions against former members of the government since ex-President Viktor Yanukovych. Possibly, the sanctions can be lifted from ex-Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, former Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov, former Minister of Revenue and Duties Oleksandr Klymenko and former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka.