The Kremlin threatens Lindner for planning to “steal” the reserves of the Russian central bank

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Putin’s spokesman disqualifies statements made by German finance minister to EL Mundo to defend “illegal and shameless” idea of ​​confiscation of central bank assets

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Statement by German Finance Minister to EL Mundo and three other European newspapers, Christian Lindner, Alarms have sounded in the Kremlin. Lindner is considering whether the G7 countries under the German presidency use foreign reserves of the Russian central bank to finance the reconstruction of Ukraine. “I am politically open to the idea of ​​confiscating Russian central bank assets abroad. We are already discussing this in the G7 and in the EU, and there are proposals on the table,” Lindner said in the interview above. announced in

However, Putin categorically rejected the idea and threatened the consequences. Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters, as reported by Reuters, that no one had informed Russia of such an initiative and dismissed it: “It would be illegal, shameless and, of course, justified.” Feedback will be needed… In fact, it would be a real robbery,

The idea that Lindner is considering, which chairs a meeting of finance ministers of the Group of Seven most developed countries, would mean a significant increase in sanctions against the Russian central bank. AndThe Group of Seven Major Western Powers Have Already Banned Transactions With Russia’s Central Bank And after Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine in February, it deposited nearly $300 billion in assets under its jurisdiction. Now it is not only a question of freezing, but also of having funds for the reconstruction of Ukraine.

In his statement to this newspaper, Lindner denied doing the same to the private property of the oligarchs, as Ukraine has done to the owner of the DIA supermarket, mizel friedman, “When it comes to private sector property, we have to look at what is legally possible. We have to respect the rule of law, even when it comes to elites.”

High Representative for Foreign Policy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, He has also defended the seizure of assets from the Russian central bank to compensate Ukraine.

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