Russia’s MegaFon has issued a legal challenge against sanctions placed upon it by the European Union.
The operator filed an action against the European Council (EC) last month, as confirmed by the Official Journal of the European Union which provides updates on new regulation and legal cases taken out against EU authorities.
In February 2023, MegaFon was added to a list of Russian individuals and entities subject to sanctions and other restrictions as part of the EU’s continuing response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The operator has called on the EU General Court to drop these restrictions, arguing that the EC failed to provide it with advance notice of the sanctions and claiming that it was denied the opportunity to “submit observations” in its defence, as per its legal rights. MegaFon maintains that the sanctions are unlawful, and claims that it has not been given a reason for their imposition.
MegaFon has stated its intent to challenge the sanctions placed on it by both the EU and the US, as reported by Russian state media outlet TASS. At the time of their imposition, the operator claimed that the sanctions would not affect most of its telecom services.