The European Union is discussing the possibility of lifting sanctions from about four dozen Russians, Bloomberg reports, citing informed sources.
"The European Union is discussing the lifting of sanctions that it has imposed on a number of Russians <...> after the bloc's lawyers found out that the measures could have been introduced on weak grounds," the publication says.
It is noted that about 30 people have already applied to the court demanding that they be removed from the sanctions list, and about ten more have asked the European Union directly.
At the same time, the legal service of the European Commission informed the permanent representatives of the EU countries that some of the requests were justified - the information provided by these persons indicates that the grounds against them were weak, old or incorrect.
Now the European Union is preparing the next, seventh package of anti-Russian sanctions. It is expected to include about 50 more individuals and companies. In addition, the new restrictions will include a ban on the import of Russian gold.