EU diplomat hopes Russia 'will respect international law' in dealing with property seizures in Europe

The European Union ambassador to Russia has said neither the European Commission nor the government of any EU country has anything to do with the judicial seizure of Russian state property in Belgium, France and Austria and has expressed hope that Moscow "will respect international law" in considering retaliatory measures.

The European Union ambassador to Russia has said neither the European Commission nor the government of any EU country has anything to do with the judicial seizure of Russian state property in Belgium, France and Austria and has expressed hope that Moscow "will respect international law" in considering retaliatory measures.

"There may only be countermeasures if they are legitimate, if they have a legal basis under them, and I hope that the Russian government will respect international law and the principles that are based on law, and will behave accordingly," Vygaudas Usackas told Russia's Kommersant FM radio in comments on a warning by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Russia would respond symmetrically to the property seizures.

"The European Union has no presence in these disputes," he said.

The seizure of Russian assets in Belgium, France and Austria "is, the way I see it, based on court rulings on which neither the European Commission nor the governments of the European Union countries have had any influence and in which none of them has had any voice," Usackas said.

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