In statements made today, Tuesday, during a press conference during his visit to Algeria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov considered the initiative of the European Union Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security, Josep Borrell, to transfer the assets of the Russian Federation to Ukraine, as a “theft”.
The Russian Foreign Minister said, during a press conference, in response to a question related to Borrell’s initiative, describing the latter’s call as “theft that they are not even trying to hide.”
Lavrov noted that for the West, such actions “have already become a thing of the habit.” As an example, he cited the situation with the freezing of Afghan holdings, which in the West “want to use not to meet the needs of the people of Afghanistan”, but for purposes unrelated to the reconstruction of the country.
Also, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Alexander Grushko, had said yesterday that if the initiative of the Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security of the European Union, Josep Borrell to transfer the assets of the Russian Federation to Ukraine, such a decision would harm the Europeans themselves, and this is a violation of the law. .
“The statement of the Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security of the European Union is complete lawlessness and destruction of the basis of international relations,” Grushko added.
According to him, these decisions “will hit the Europeans themselves, hit the modern financial system and undermine confidence in Europe and the West in general.”
The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation summed up: “This is the law of the jungle. Therefore, a large number of countries with us will defend the world order on the basis of international law.”
Earlier, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, told Britain’s Financial Times that the EU should consider withdrawing Russia’s frozen foreign exchange reserves to help pay for Ukraine’s rebuilding after the end of the special operation.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier described the US law, which allows for the sending of confiscated assets of foreigners to Ukraine, as a blatant distortion of the law and the confiscation of private property on his part. Under the pretext of responding to the military operation in Ukraine, that it is nothing but looting and behavior that transcends all borders.
It is worth noting that, since the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, Western countries led by the United States have imposed unprecedented sanctions to pressure the Russian economy to stop the operation.