NEW YORK, January 2. /TASS/. The European Union (EU) may lift sanctions on some former Ukrainian officials already in the spring of this year, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.
The paper didn’t specify the former allies of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, against whom the EU sanctions might be cancelled. Overall, the EU sanctions list includes Yanukovych and 17 people from his close circle.
According to the paper, the sanctions may be lifted considering that the Ukrainian authorities have not brought any accusations against the former Yanukovych allies who are on the EU sanctions list and are staying in Ukraine.
These persons will get free access to their assets in the West during the year. After that, no one will any longer support the imposition of new sanctions against them. Many EU officials are sick and tired of Ukraine, the paper cited an unidentified official from a Western country as saying.
The EU slapped sanctions against former Ukrainian officials in 2014. The list, which was adopted in March 2014, initially included 18 people and was then extended to 22 persons. The EU later shortened its sanctions list to 18 people.