Moscow warns of ending Russian-US relations if assets seized

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Any possible seizure of Russian assets by the United States will completely destroy Moscow’s bilateral relations with Washington, TASS quoted the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s North American department as saying on Saturday.

Russia’s relations with the West have deteriorated sharply since Moscow sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24, calling it a “special military operation”.

The West responded with unprecedented economic, financial and diplomatic sanctions, including freezing about half of Russia’s gold and currency reserves which stood at nearly $640 billion before February 24.

Senior Western officials, including European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, have suggested seizing frozen reserves to help fund Ukraine’s future reconstruction.

“We warn the Americans of the adverse consequences of such actions which will permanently damage bilateral relations, which is neither in their interests nor in ours,” Alexander Darchiev told TASS in an interview.

According to Reuters, it was not immediately clear which assets he was referring to.

The United States and its European allies have also frozen $30 billion in assets held by wealthy people linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including yachts, helicopters, real estate and art, the administration says. Biden.

The US Justice Department was seeking broader congressional authority to seize assets of Russian oligarchs to pressure Moscow over its actions in Ukraine, a prosecutor said in July.

Darchiev also said that Russia had warned the United States that diplomatic relations would be seriously damaged and could even be severed if Russia were declared a state sponsor of terrorism.

Speaking about the situation in Ukraine, Darchiev said American influence in Kyiv has grown to the point that “Americans are increasingly becoming a direct party to the conflict.”


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