The European Court has bound Ukraine to pay the ex-president Yanukovych’s legal costs as Ukraine failed to intervene in Yanulovych’s application to the General Court of the EU for sanctions to be lifted, reports Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP British lawyer company.

Viktor Yanukovych started proceedings for sanctions removal in May 2014. Four months later, Ukraine has applied to the EU General Court requesting for permission to intervene in the annulment case. In response, Yanukovych opposed that application, claiming violation of his rights by the current government. Subsequently, in Dec 2014, the Ukrainian authorities informed the court they were withdrawing their application, without explaining the reasons.

As a result, the European Court ruled Ukraine to pay the costs incurred by Yanukovych, since the latter has appealed the Ukraine’s attempts to intervene into the annulment case.