The European Union was obliged to remove several people from its anti-Russian sanctions list due to insufficient evidence of their involvement in the events in Ukraine, reports Welt with reference to the internal documents of the European Foreign Service.
At the same time, the names of those excluded from the list are not published, however, it is specified that nine Ukrainians, who were in the circle of the ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, were crossed out of it.
As noted, currently 170 people and 44 organizations are included in the EU sanctions list. From the point of view of Brussels, they undermined the territorial integrity of Ukraine and contributed to the aggravation of the conflict in the country.
We recall that in March, Ukraine imposed sanctions against 848 individuals and 294 legal entities involved in the Russian aggression in Crimea and Donbas.
Earlier Head of the Austrian Foreign Ministry Karin Kneissl claimed that her country supports the EU sanctions imposed against Russia since it violated international law. Interfax-Ukraine reported that, quoting the official.
'The sanctions were imposed in 2014 and continued ever since; recently, they were extended for another six months. We never left these because we respect the international law', Kneissl said.
She added that the annexation of Crimea is one of such violations of international law.
Previously, Kneissl said Austria supports the independence and sovereignty of Ukraine; on the other hand, she added that constant dialogue with Russia is important, too.