6 Feb 2024 18:24

European Council president: frozen Russian assets should be used to benefit Ukraine, but this is difficult

BRUSSELS. Feb 6 (Interfax) - European Council President Charles Michel has agreed with the need to use frozen Russian assets for the reconstruction of Ukraine and assured European Parliament members that the related work is being done.

"This is not an easy task because of legal and international restrictions. We need to work, and we are doing this together with our G7 partners," Michel said at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday when further EU assistance to Ukraine was discussed.

While answering questions from MPs after the discussion, Michel said that assistance to Ukraine should not be viewed as "charity" but rather as "a commitment to future generations." The EU needs to make sure that "every euro of assistance to Ukraine is invested in our security and stability for the coming decades," he said.