BRUSSELS - The European Union has extended by one year (until March 6, 2020) the sanctions in the form of freezing of assets against Ukraine's ex-president Viktor Yanukovych and his 11 associates. One individual, who has so far not been officially named, has been removed from the lists.
The decision was made in Brussels on Monday at a meeting of the Council of the European Union in accordance with Procedure A (without discussion).
The decision will be published in the Official Journal of the EU on Tuesday. The name of the individual who was removed from the sanctions list will be published there. According to earlier media reports, former head of presidential administration Andriy Klyuyev, who had contested the EU decision in court, may be removed from the list.
According to earlier reports, the sanctions against the persons on the so-called Ukrainian list are due to expire on March 6. The sanctions were imposed in March 2014 against 22 persons suspected of misappropriation of state funds. The EU prolongs these sanctions on a yearly basis. The last time the restrictive measures were extended was in March 2018.
In accordance with the Official Journal of the EU, the last list contained 13 people as some had been removed for various reasons, such as death and appeals against the decision of the Council of the EU with the EU Court of Justice.