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Kuleba: court rulings are key to preserve EU sanctions against persons during Yanukovych's presidency

KYIV. Nov 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine will work with Ukrainian law enforcement agencies to maintain EU sanctions against persons during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych, but court rulings are key in this matter, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said.

"We will work with law enforcement agencies to maintain sanctions for these individuals, but I will emphasize once again that the key is court rulings. If there are no court rulings, then in the end the sanctions will be lifted," Kuleba said at an online briefing on Thursday.

The minister said that he not only raised this issue with the law enforcement agencies, but established closer effective interaction with them.

"At the beginning of this week, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova, I am very grateful to her for such a proactive position. We saw where there are more prospects, where there are fewer, and now the wheels of the state mechanism in this matter will spin faster. But time goes on and, indeed, with respect to those persons involved in the sanctions list, regarding whom there are no court decisions, they are gradually falling out of it," he said.

Kuleba said this is, first of all, a task for Ukrainian law enforcement agencies and courts.

"Each case is very large, as far as I understand, and its consideration takes time in the conditions of the functioning of our judicial system, which needs reforming. This is not a one-day case, but progress in this direction is taking place," the Foreign Minister said.

As reported, the EU ambassadors agreed to exclude from the EU sanctions list Minister of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine from the time of Yanukovych, Oleksandr Klymenko.