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EU's Borrell says Russia must pay for Ukraine reconstruction

OSCE's regional security talks in Poland ongoing

01 December, 13:10
(ANSA-AFP) - LODZ, DEC 1 - EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said at regional security talks Thursday that he plans to discuss with his counterparts any available legal means to ensure Russia pays for the reconstruction of war-torn Ukraine.

Borrell spoke at the start of this year's two-day ministerial conference of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)in the central Polish city of Lodz. "I will meet with my colleague foreign ministers today... We will explore all legal possibilities to make sure that Russia will pay for the destruction it's causing in Ukraine," Borrell told reporters. He recalled that the EU has frozen Russian assets worth nearly 20 billion euros since Moscow invaded Ukraine, and that Western sanctions have also led to the freezing of 300 billion euros of Central Bank of Russia foreign exchange reserves around the world. "These reserves are blocked. But from being blocked to being seized is a strong difference," Borrell said. "And there are legal procedures that have to be studied. But our proposal is on the table... Russia has to pay for the reconstruction of Ukraine." (ANSA-AFP).

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