The Council of the European Union has officially lifted the sanctions on former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov and former Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Eduard Stavytsky. This was stated in the EU’s official journal.
"In the section 'A. List of persons, entities and bodies referred to in Article 1', the entries for the following persons are deleted: Mykola Yanovych Azarov; Edward Stavytskyi," the text of the document reads.
It is worth mentioning that, on March 5, the Council of the European Union officially extended the sanctions against the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his allies.
“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.
As we reported earlier, according to Yuriy Kirasir, Spokesperson of Oleksandr Yanukovych, son of Viktor Yanukovych, the decision of the Council of the EU on the extension of the sanctions against the former president of Ukraine is politically motivated and has no real grounds.