Ukrainian Politics

 The Eurogroup President: We are Prepared to Apply Sanctions Against Certain Ukrainian Officials

The European Group President (EU Finance Ministers Council) Jean-Claude Junker believes it is possible that the European Union will implement pin-point sanctions against certain Ukrainian officials.

In an interview to theUkrainian Pravda he said, " If the question arises regarding thesanctions to Ukraine, I will support the idea of clearlyidentifying everyone whom they will be applied to. The countryshall not suffer. But if it does not get better any time soon,there will be sanctions against particular officials".

According to the politician, the regime of the PresidentYanukovych has taken a step back compared to ex-president Kuchma(1994-2005). In this regard Junker believes the isolation ofUkraine can be possible if the situation does not change after theparliamentary elections.

He also stressed that,despite EU's internal problems, this community does not take itseyes off Ukraine, considering its strategic geographicalposition.

"Ukraine is a country in the center of Europe. And it can beeither an opportunity for us or a problem… If Ukraine does notcomply with our agreements or share our values - it is a problem.It worries us and we cannot let it slide. But if Ukraine willadhere to the principles and values, it will become an opportunity- for business, for expansion on the whole", saidJunker.

Moreover, he noted that thelevel of relations between the heads of EU states and Yanukovych isvery poor. The main reason for it is the incarceration of theformer prime-minister Yulia Tymoshenko which the European Court ofHuman Rights considers as biased.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n214997