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G7 nations lean towards seizing Russian assets

The US, initially hesitant, now assures G7 allies it can legally seize Russian assets.
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Confiscation of Russian assets. Credit: Stanislav Glazkov

In a significant development, the Group of Seven (G7) is reportedly edging closer to the prospect of confiscating Russian assets, intending to transfer the funds to Ukraine, Financial Times reports. The United States, previously hesitant about supporting such measures, has now informed its G7 allies that it has identified the means to seize assets “in accordance with international law.”

This shift in stance was revealed in a US document distributed to G7 committees, stating that G7 members might consider the confiscation of Russia’s sovereign assets as a retaliatory measure to halt Russia’s ongoing aggression. The document views Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a “legitimate opportunity” to utilize asset forfeiture as a justified response to the serious implications of Russia’s violation of international law.

Washington anticipates that the issue of confiscating Russian assets will be a focal point of discussion at the forthcoming G7 leaders’ meeting scheduled for February 24. This potential move underscores the G7’s commitment to employing diplomatic and economic measures to curb Russian aggression and support nations adversely affected by these violations.

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