President's Aide Says no Grounds for Sanctions Against Ukraine
The recent PACE resolution on Ukraine does not give grounds to speak about the possible sanctions by the Council of Europe, Maryna Stavniychuk, the Advisor to the President of Ukraine/Head of the Directorate General for Constitutional and Legal Modernization of the Presidential Administration, told the First National TV channel on Friday.
"It seems to me that the recent resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe does not give us grounds to speak of sanctions against the state of Ukraine," she said.
According to Stavniychuk, the document defines a list of steps that Ukraine has to implement to improve the socio-political situation. "The question is not who is responsible for. In fact, there is the possibility and necessity of taking measures to avoid these sanctions," the president's advisor emphasized.
However, she noted that it is about addressing systemic problems in the state.
On January 26 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a resolution entitled "The Functioning of Democratic Institutions in Ukraine", which urged the Ukrainian authorities to stop the prosecution of former government members, including former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and ensure their participation in the next parliamentary elections.