According to the text of his claim to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, Yanukovych considers the EU sanctions as revenge for his rejection of the European integration for Ukraine. The claim was published on August 4 in the Official Journal of the European Union, Censor.NET reports, citing DW.DE.
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The lawsuit of the former President objects against the decision to impose sanctions, while calling him as "ex-president." He calls himself a "legitimate" and "democratically elected" president of Ukraine (the lawsuit is dated 15 May) in contrast to the transitional government who he calls "illegal."
The lawsuit argues that imposing sanctions against him, the EU was "trying to please" the transitional government to make it agreed to develop closer relations with the EU.
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Yanukovych also said that freezing his accounts in the EU was illegal, because "at the time of the imposition of sanctions against him, the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies were not investigating the alleged illegal alienation of public funds and their output abroad."
In addition, the former president said that the blocking of its assets is "a violation of property rights guaranteed by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union."