44 countries rally to redirect frozen Russian assets to support Ukraine

44 countries support the allocation of frozen Russian assets to aid Ukraine
44 countries support the allocation of frozen Russian assets to aid Ukraine

A declaration advocating for the utilization of frozen Russian assets to support Ukraine and endorsed by 44 nations was announced during the "Restoring Justice in Ukraine" conference in The Hague, European Pravda reported on April 3.

The declaration specifically addresses the redirection of Russian frozen assets to assist Ukraine.

Signatories of the final document include a diverse group of countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States, among others. A total of 57 nations participated in the conference.

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The declaration denounces Russia's aggression against Ukraine as a severe breach of international law, referencing the UN court's ruling from March 16, 2022, which demanded Russia cease its military actions.

The endorsing countries reiterated their commitment to establishing a special tribunal to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine, aiming to prosecute the Russian military and political elite. They acknowledged the progress made toward this goal.

The declaration's second section, focusing on compensating Ukraine for damages, praised the initiation of the Damage Register, which began accepting submissions on April 2.

The signatory nations confirmed that Russian sovereign assets within their territories would remain frozen until Russia ends its aggression and compensates for the damages incurred. They also welcomed ongoing discussions about employing these assets and their earnings for Ukraine's benefit.

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