The petition was written a few days after the EU-Ukraine summit, held in Brussels, reports iPress.
According to French publication L'Express, the petition is different from other similar documents of the MEPs in the fact that it contains a specific demand of sanctions on the people of President Yanukovych's entourage. Thus, French MPs demand to ban Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov from entering French territory, as well as asking the European Parliament to extend the ban to the whole Schengen area. In addition, members also want to prevent him from using the banking system in France.
The article in L'Express says that Akhmetov who no longer has immunity (because he did not run in the elections to the Verkhovna Rada in autumn 2012), wants to move to France. Publication writes about Akhmetov buying mines in Pakistan. According to L'Express, the means from this deal allegedly went to the accounts of terrorist organizations.
The article also says that two years ago, the President of Pakistan awarded Akhmetov Star of Pakistan Order for his services to the country. That is, according to the French edition, the reason for the refusal of a U.S. visa to Akhmetov.
In December 2011, the Ukrainian media reported that the U.S. refuses to issue a visa to Rinat Akhmetov. Akhmetov's lawyer in the United States claimed that the U.S. authorities have no problem with Akhmetov and his companies, and in issuing the visa. Unofficially it is reported that the reason for the delay of a visa was Akhmetov's past.