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Arrests lifted from accounts of Russian diplomatic missions in Belgium — ambassador to EU

June 26, 2015, 9:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW
On Thursday, Russia’s Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov said about cancelled arrests of accounts belonging to the Russian diplomatic missions in France and Belgium
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Russia’s Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov

Russia’s Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov

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MOSCOW, June 26. /TASS/. Russian diplomatic missions in Belgium are not facing any problems with their bank accounts, Russia’s Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said on Friday.

On Thursday, Russia’s Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov said about cancelled arrests of accounts belonging to the Russian diplomatic missions in France and Belgium - as result of talks involving the Russian Foreign Ministry. The arrests had been made in the framework of the so-called YUKOS case.

"For about one day lasted the arrest of accounts of the Russian diplomatic missions in Belgium - of the embassy, the representation at the EU and the representation at NATO - today we do not have problems with the accounts or the property, which enjoy diplomatic immunity," the diplomat said in an interview with Kommersant. "However, this is only a part of the problem."

"The other part is property of the Russian state companies and other organisations, including the representation of the Russian Orthodox Church (here we can only advise reading the Russian Constitution which states the church is separated from the state)," he said. "This is still an outstanding issue."

The newspaper asked the ambassador about possible tit-for-tat measures from Russia if the situation is not settled. "Sure, yes," was the response.

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