The Russian Foreign Ministry called populist the demand of the Ukrainian ambassador to Britain to return the property of the USSR Russia has ownership rights to foreign property of the USSR, the issue has been finally settled, the Foreign Ministry said Earlier, Ambassador Prystaiko said that Ukraine has not ratified the agreement on the exchange of assets to pay the debt of the republics ” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >webp” type=”image/webp”>
The words of the Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK Vadym Prystaiko, who demanded that Moscow return part of the foreign assets of the USSR, have no basis and are populist in nature, RBC was told in the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The department noted that from the point of view of international law, the USSR as its subject continued to exist: “The state called” USSR ” did not stop, but continued its international legal personality under the name “Russian Federation”. To designate this kind of phenomena in international law, the concept of “continuation” is used.
The status of Russia as the legal successor of the USSR was recognized by the international
community and confirmed by the International Court of Justice, the Foreign Ministry said. The country assumed obligations to pay off the external state debt of the USSR, repaid it without the help of Ukraine and other former Soviet republics, and has property rights to foreign property of the Soviet Union, they added.
« We consider this issue as finally settled, the results of the re-registration of Soviet foreign real estate to the Russian Federation are not subject to revision,— concluded the department.
On August 1, Prystaiko said that after the collapse of the USSR, Russia “offered all the republics to forget about debts.” Union in exchange for all its foreign property, and Ukraine became the only republic that did not ratify the agreement. According to the diplomat, Kyiv asked Moscow to disclose full data on Soviet assets and debts, but Russia did not. Now Ukraine is demanding the return of “at least a third of what is abroad”, including some properties in the UK (as The Times wrote, there are 18 Russian-owned properties in the country that could be confiscated as a frozen asset and transferred to Ukraine, which suffered in the the result of hostilities).
In the early 1990s, Russia took on foreign debt obligations of the former Soviet republics in exchange for their share of the foreign property of the Soviet Union. As of January 1994, the debt of the former USSR amounted to $104.5 billion. In 2017, the Ministry of Finance announced the repayment of the last debt— Russia transferred $125 million to Bosnia and Herzegovina for goods supplied from the Union Yugoslavia to the USSR.
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At the end of 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow had paid off all Soviet debts, but “far from all” the republics of the former USSR transferred to it the assets of the Soviet Union. Among these countries, Putin named Ukraine. “We, in my opinion, paid 16 billion for Ukraine alone,” — he said in February 2020.
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