NATO considers imposing restrictions on Russian-owned foreign assets
At the spring session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Warsaw, a proposal was made to impose restrictions on foreign assets of wealthy Russians, the special presenter of the Assembly from Britain, Thomas Jopling stated, RIA Novosti reported.
The draft report on countering the "hybrid threats from the Russian Federation," which was considered in Warsaw, proposes to respond to them by imposing restrictive measures against the assets of Russian citizens.
The report talks about a need to "better study Russian money" that flows into European countries. In addition, the governments of Western countries offered to "impose restrictions on foreign assets" of wealthy Russian citizens, whom the West considers to have close ties to high-level Russian leadership.
The UK House of Commons published a report, titled Moscow’s Gold: Russian Corruption in the UK. The report finds that the use of the UK as a "base for the corrupt assets of Kremlin-related individuals" is dangerous for the country's national security.
British Prime Minister Theresa May previously promised to freeze all Russian assets and funds in the UK in response to the poisoning of the former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal, who was convicted in Russia for espionage in favor of London, and his daughter Yulia, in the British town of Salisbury on March 4. London accused the Russian authorities of involvement in the incident, but Moscow has repeatedly rejected London’s accusations. Despite this, the newspaper notes, Prime Minister May said in March that "in our country there is no place for these people [Russian businessmen] or their money."