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Russia and the long shadow of Versailles

By Barry Eichengreen

11 Jul 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. Using Russia’s frozen assets to help finance Ukraine's reconstruction isn't a perfect solution, though it's arguably better than imposing ongoing reparations payments. Barry Eichengreen writes in PS.

NEW DELHI – The debate over using frozen Russian assets to fund Ukraine’s reconstruction is coming to a head. The arguments in favor are compelling. The objections are weak. But there could also be unintended consequences.

Canada has passed legislation allowing Russian assets to be redeployed on behalf of Ukraine. In the United States, four members of Congress have introduced legislation to repurpose sovereign Russian assets for Ukraine. And European Union leaders considered the issue at their recent summit, though German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and others expressed concern that any such action might violate international law.

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