Putin denounces G7 deal on frozen Russian assets


Russian President Vladimir Putin has rebuked the agreement by G7 leaders to use frozen Russian assets to help Ukraine as “theft” and promised retaliation.
Reacting to the agreement on Friday, Mr Putin said Western powers were still trying to “create at least some legal basis” for the decision taken on Thursday.
“But in spite all the fuss, theft will remain theft. It will not go unpunished,” he said in a speech at the Foreign Ministry in Moscow.

The G7 summit began on Thursday in southern Italy with a deal to lend Ukraine 50 billion US dollars using the interest generated from frozen Russian state assets.

The money is to be made available to Ukraine by the end of the year.

The US government says around 280 billion US dollars of Russian central bank money has been immobilised in Western countries due to sanctions imposed since the full-scale Russian attack on Ukraine more than two years ago.
The bulk of the money is within the European Union.

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Kiev is set to use the money to strengthen its defence, pay for the reconstruction of infrastructure and fund the state budget.
But before it can be disbursed teams from the G7 countries Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States must clarify the outstanding technical and legal details.
(dpa/NAN)

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