Bloomberg: EU begins drafting plan to transfer assets of Russian businessmen to Ukraine Three sources told the agency that the EU is studying a plan to transfer assets of Russian businessmen to Kiev so that it can restore Ukraine
EU authorities are discussing the possibility of transferring frozen Russian assets in the EU to Ukraine, writes Bloomberg, citing three sources familiar with the situation.
The initiative is “at a very early stage” development, a decision on this matter has not yet been made, the agency reports.
In response to a request for comment on these data, the press secretary of the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Eric Mamer, said that so far the assets are “only frozen”, and von del Leyen herself did not ask to be investigated.
The EU imposed sanctions against dozens of Russian entrepreneurs and top managers of companies, including the head of Rosneft; Igor Sechin, founder of USM Holdings Alisher Usmanov, NOVATEK shareholder Gennady Timchenko and head of Severstal Alexey Mordashov. They were banned from entering the EU, and all their assets, including shares in companies, accounts and real estate, were frozen.
As one of the reasons for imposing sanctions, Brussels cited the participation of some of these entrepreneurs in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 9th. It discussed the further tightening of Western sanctions.
Restrictive measures against leading Russian businessmen are “banditry at the international level,” said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. He noted that entrepreneurs meet with the president because they do business in Russia, create jobs, so their dialogue with the authorities will continue.
In addition to personal sanctions, restrictive measures from the EU, the United States and other Western countries have affected reserves and assets Central Bank, several banks, including VTB, operations with Russian government debt, as well as the export of technological products, including for the aircraft and space industries.
Russia took retaliatory measures by introducing controls on the sale of proceeds by exporters, banning foreign currency lending non-residents and crediting money by Russians to foreign accounts. Moscow also mirrored the closing of the skies of the western camps for Russian aircraft, limiting flights in its airspace for liners from 36 countries.