The decision of the Council of the EU on the extension of the sanctions against fourth president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych is politically motivated and has no real grounds as Spokesperson of Oleksandr Yanukovych, Yuriy Kirasir reported on Facebook.
“Despite the obvious illegality and absence of proper grounds, in 2020, the bodies of the European Union continue to remain the victims of their own political decision made six years ago on the support of the armed coup d'état and imposing of sanctions against the fourth president of Ukraine V. F. Yanukovych,” he wrote.
Kirasir reminded that during the last six years, the authorities of many countries, including EU states and Switzerland, officially confirmed the absence of the bank accounts or any other assets owned by Yanukovych in their territories. In 2015, the Interpol excluded Yanukovych from the list of the wanted persons and deleted all information about him from its database.
The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine officially confirmed that president Yanukovych is not accused either in mass murders of the law enforcers or protesters in Kyiv in February 2014, or commitment of some economical or corruption crimes.
“Meanwhile, mass media regularly publish information that mass murders in Kyiv were carefully planned monstrous provocation organized by the representatives of Maidan leaders to disrupt the Agreement on settlement of political crisis and seizing power by force. The U.S. openly stated that the events of 2014 in Ukraine were coup d'état. The lawyers of fourth president of Ukraine V. F. Yanukovych will continue to litigate the legality of imposing of sanctions against him in the European Court,” Kirasir noted.
On March 5, the Council of the European Union has officially extended the sanctions against former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his allies.
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.