According to Roman Golovchenko, so far there have been no cases of confiscation or nationalization in the EU, but if they arise, Belarus will take similar retaliatory measures
In European countries, there are threats of nationalization, confiscation or seizure of Belarusian property— if they are implemented, Minsk will take retaliatory measures, said Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko in an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel.
“There are threats, statements about plans for nationalization, but so far there are no precedents in the EU countries for direct confiscation or seizure of Belarusian property. We, accordingly, have not yet taken such measures,»,— he said. However, the politician noted, if European countries “materialize their threats, <…> we will mirror it here as well. (quote from BelTA).
He pointed out that in the Baltic countries “economic conditions have worsened”; for objects belonging to Belarus— potash terminal “Belaruskali” in the port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) and the sanatorium “Belarus” in Jurmala (Latvia). You can’t enter the terminal to send goods; there are restrictions on the reception of citizens of Belarus for the sanatorium. However, the authorities of Lithuania and Latvia did not decide to confiscate these objects.
In response to the measures of the West, Minsk prepared a list of companies in which “residents from unfriendly countries” have shares, and imposed a ban on the alienation of these shares, which will not allow those who want to “leave everything here, run away and take away money,” Golovchenko said.
Against the background of the imposition of sanctions against Russia, some countries began to consider the possibility of confiscation of various Russian assets— both public and private.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in early August that about $765 million worth of Russian assets had already been seized in the country and Kyiv intended to confiscate “over 900 more objects belonging specifically to the Russian state.” . Zelensky specified that a total of 36,000 positions are subject to seizure as assets of Russia and its residents.
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Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev replied that Ukraine is taking away from Russia on paper, and Russia— on the ground.
The British Foreign Office indicated that it was considering the possible confiscation of frozen Russian assets and their transfer to Ukraine, by analogy with Canada, where such a law was being developed. In the United States, such a legislative initiative was supported by the House of Representatives, but then The New York Times wrote that there was no consensus in the White House on the issue of confiscation of frozen Russian assets due to the possible emergence of distrust in the United States as a country for storing investments. In Germany, they noted that they were open to confiscation of state, but not private, Russian property.
In Russia, the idea of confiscation of assets of unfriendly countries was also considered. For example, this measure was supported by State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, commenting on the adoption in the United States of a law on the transfer of frozen Russian assets to Ukraine. The precedents for the transfer of property to state ownership in Russia were & mdash; so, at the end of June, all the rights and obligations of the company were transferred to the ownership of the state— operator of the Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas plant, almost half of whose shares were owned by foreign companies.
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