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09:47 26 Jan 2021

"Servants of the People" think of how to respond to US sanctions against Dubinskyi

The Servant of the People faction hasn't decided how to respond to the sanctions imposed by the United States on People's Deputy Oleksandr Dubinskyi yet.

Oleksandr Kornienko, the first deputy head of the Servant of the People faction, stated this in a comment to journalists.

According to him, the faction decided to conduct a poll on how deputies of the majority should act.

"We decided to conduct a poll among the deputies of the faction regarding Dubinskyi and offered three options:

  1. to support Dubinskyi, i.e. to send certain letters of support;
  2. to exclude him from the faction;
  3. to initiate certain structures to dismiss Dubinskyi from the post of Deputy Chairperson of the Committee (on Tax and Customs Policy – ed.)," Kornienko said.

The deputy added that the final decision regarding Dubinsky would be made in the next day or two.

To recap, on January 11, the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed additional sanctions on seven individuals and four organizations that are part of Russia's "foreign influence network" linked to Andrei Derkach.

US sanctions have been imposed against former Ukrainian officials Kostiantyn Kulyk, Oleksandr Onyshchenko, Andrii Telizhenko, and incumbent people's deputy Oleksandr Dubinskyi, who released the so-called Derkach tapes. In addition, the "blacklist" included people who worked in Derkach's team: Petro Zhuravel, Dmytro Kovalchuk, and Anton Symonenko. Restrictions have also been imposed against NabuLeaks, Era-Media TOV, Only News, and Skeptik TOV.

Dubinskyi insisted on the faction to meet immediately to consider the US Treasury Department imposing sanctions on him.

The head of the "Servant of the People" faction, Davyd Arakhamia, stated that the issue of imposing sanctions on Dubinsky would be considered along with other relevant issues at the next meeting of the faction.

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