MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. The resolution of the UN General Assembly on reparations to Ukraine from Russia is a formalization of the robbery of the Russian state, and Moscow vehemently opposes it, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.
"Naturally, the organizers of this process are trying to complete the robbery of our gold and foreign exchange reserves, which were completely illegally blocked. This is a formalization of this robbery using the United Nations platform," Peskov said, adding that "Russia is strongly against it."
The Kremlin official noted that this "decision is not legally binding." "And this is how we are going to treat it," he insisted.
When asked what the chances are to prevent the seizure of Russian reserves frozen by the West, Peskov answered: "Undoubtedly, Russia will do everything possible [to prevent it]."
Peskov emphasized that "given that all the foundations and rules of private property, international law and other things have been trampled on over the past six months, these sorts of hostile takeover methods of seizing [Russian gold and foreign exchange reserves by the West], of course, dominate."
"We will take all this into account when determining our further actions," Putin’s press secretary said.
Speaking about the possibility of Russia participating the restoration of infrastructure damaged during the hostilities, Peskov said that large-scale work has already been launched on the territory of the regions of the Russian Federation, but helping Ukraine is "out of the question."
As for the vote on the resolution for reparations, Russia is looking at what position friendly countries take when voting at the UN on certain anti-Russian issues, Peskov noted.
When asked to comment on the fact that Armenia, Serbia, Kazakhstan and a number of other countries abstained in the UN General Assembly's vote on the resolution on Russian "reparations" to Ukraine, Peskov said: "These are sovereign states."
On Monday, the participants of the special session of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on compiling an international register of damage allegedly caused by Russia to Ukraine, as well as recognizing the need to create a mechanism to compensate for losses. The document was backed by 94 countries, 14 voted against it, 73 abstained.