Because of the lack of evidence, the EU has removed nine persons close to the ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych from the sanctions list. These restrictions were initially imposed in 2014, reports Welt am Sonntag.
170 people and 44 organizations associated with Yanukovych are presently under EU sanctions. They are accused of undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine. However, the newspaper does not specify who exactly is removed from the list.
Meanwhile, Mykola Tochytskyi, the ambassador of Ukraine to the EU, wrote on his Twitter page that the EU did not make any decisions to lift sanctions against the former Ukrainian officials and is not going to make any such decisions.
"Die Welt refers to sanctions lifted in the previous years,” he wrote.
Earlier, it was reported that Canada has prolonged economic sanctions against the ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his 15 associates.