Hard work is being done to find a way to transfer frozen Russian assets to Ukraine - Levits

  • 2023-02-02
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Currently, hard work is being done to find a legal framework for the transfer of frozen Russian assets to Ukraine, Latvian President Egils Levits said today in the discussion Latvia and Poland: Countering Today's Challenges Together.

He emphasized that the work on diverting funds to Ukraine will not be easy, but possible, as it is a matter of political will.

Furthermore, Levits is convinced that a special tribunal should be established, which will judge those guilty of aggression against Ukraine. According to the president, there is currently no such court that can try such a case and come to a verdict, so it would be only logical to create a separate tribunal.

The President is convinced that the creation of a tribunal and the process leading to a verdict must happen even if the physically accused persons are not detained and punished, because this type of process also has a political message.

Polish President Andrzej Duda also agreed with Levits' statement and emphasized that Russia does not need to be asked permission to transfer the frozen funds to Ukraine. Also, Duda points out that all must be held accountable for their actions, for example, Poland is currently trying to get Germany to pay compensation to Poland, which invaded and devastated Poland during WWII.