Russian FM threatens ‘tough response’ in case of confiscation of Russian assets in the West

Maria Zakharova
Maria Zakharova

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded to the EU’s adoption of a law regarding the confiscation of excess profits earned on frozen assets of the Russian central bank, BBC reported on Feb. 13.

It would be “theft” and “taking what does not belong to you,” stated Zakharova.

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman threatened that the response would be “extremely tough,” without specifying what actions Moscow would take.

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“Considering that we qualifie this as theft, we will treat them (those who will seize their assets) as thieves,” she said.

On Feb. 12, the Council of the European Union approved a resolution that allows Ukraine to use the profits from frozen Russian assets.

On Jan. 29, EU ambassadors agreed on a proposal to use profits from Russian assets frozen in the EU to support Ukraine’s recovery.

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