Representatives of Ukraine held a series of meetings with politicians from the EU and the US to convince them to accept a UN resolution on the creation of an international mechanism that would allow the withdrawal of Russia's frozen assets in favor of Kyiv, writes The Guardian
Kyiv is promoting the idea of adopting a resolution at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (GA) on the creation of an international compensation mechanism, on the basis of which the Ukrainian authorities could appropriate Russian assets frozen by Western countries. This is reported by The Guardian, citing sources.
According to the newspaper, high-ranking representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine discussed this issue in London with the leadership of the British Foreign Office. In addition, similar discussions were held by the Ukrainian side with colleagues in Germany, France and the European Union, as well as with Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Elizabeth Rosenberg.
The Guardian sources note that the UK government did not meet with much enthusiasm for Kyiv's proposal. In London, they fear that in the event of appropriation of the assets of the Central Bank, Moscow may respond in a symmetrical way.
The Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly said that foreign funds from the Bank of Russia, frozen as a result of sanctions, can be used to restore the country. The Ministry of Economy of Ukraine estimated them at $415 billion and asks Western partners to develop a mechanism for the confiscation of this money in favor of Kyiv. According to Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, the West has frozen about $300 billion of the $640 billion in Central Bank reserves abroad.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky previously estimated the cost of restoring the country's infrastructure and economy at $600 billion and called on other states to take patronage over the Ukrainian regions.
Supported the idea of transferring the reserves of the Russian Central Bank to restore Ukraine and the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell. According to him, the EU should consider confiscating the frozen assets, just as the United States confiscated the assets of the Central Bank of Afghanistan, which are planned to be used to compensate victims of terrorism and for humanitarian assistance to the country.
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The head of the Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina, announced on April 19 that the Russian side would challenge the freezing of gold and foreign exchange reserves and was already preparing lawsuits. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Western countries of actually stealing Russia's gold and foreign exchange reserves. “When, after the start of a special military operation in Ukraine, our Western “friends” stole from us more than $ 300 billion, in fact they stole what they paid themselves for gas. In other words, they have been using our gas for free all these years, — the minister emphasized.
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