According to the ambassador, after the collapse of the USSR, Russia announced that it would take over the foreign debts of the union, but also take away all the property that belonged to the USSR around the world.
Ukraine demands from Russia to return a third of the foreign property of the former USSR.
About it in an interview public said the Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK Vadim Prystaiko.
According to him, this story is old, because after the collapse of the USSR, Russia offered all the former Soviet republics to “forget” about external debts, that is, it would take them upon itself, but also take away all the property that belonged to the USSR around the world.
Prystaiko noted that the only republic that never ratified or agreed to this agreement was Ukraine. “Our argument was that we were not opposed in principle if it was a fair agreement,” he said.
Prystaiko noted that Ukraine asked for information about the debt of the Soviet Union and assets around the world to make sure the deal was fair.
“Since we definitely had more than a third of everything that the Soviet Union earned, we demanded accountability. We did not receive this accountability. And everything, including foreign and diplomatic institutions, castles, houses, and other assets, remained in Russia. And now we demand from Russia – you must return at least a third of what is abroad,” Prystaiko said.
In particular, this also applies to property located in the UK and, according to the Ukrainian side, was illegally registered to the Russian Federation.
According to the diplomat, now the Ukrainian side has found all the information about these foreign assets of the former USSR.
“Now there are companies that help us deal with legal difficulties. In the end, if we find that this lawsuit has a judicial perspective, this lawsuit will be filed by the state of Ukraine,” Prystaiko said.
Previously it was reported that Montenegro began to freeze the property of Russians due to EU sanctions.