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Head of Russian Duma warns EU of asymmetric measures

Moscow, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Duma (lower house of parliament), Vyacheslav Volodin, today warned the European Union (EU) with confiscating the assets of those countries that plan to give Ukraine the seized Russian funds.

Volodin stressed to Sputnik news agency on Sunday that Russia can confiscate assets of hostile nations, which are much larger than the country’s funds frozen in Europe.

Last Friday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen estimated Russia’s sovereign assets frozen in the EU at 211 billion euros, and said that the EU executive will draw up a proposal to allocate the proceeds of these funds to the reconstruction of Ukraine.

For Volodin, Von der Leyen and other European politicians, “in a desire to stay in their posts and in the face of the dismal financial situation to which they have brought their states, are again talking about stealing Russia’s immobilized funds in order to continue thus financing the militarization of Kiev.”

Such a decision will require a symmetrical response from the Russian Federation, the head of the State Duma said.