Ukraine denied share of FSU assets
From 20 to 30 beautiful mansions
used to belong to the FSU in some European capitals.
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11 May 1998
UKRAINE'S FOREIGN MINISTER TO LAY CLAIM TO A SHARE IN FORMER
SOVIET UNION ASSETS
KYIV. Ukraine will insist on the division of FSU assets and liabilities, said
Ukraine's new foreign minister Borys Tarasyuk, speaking to InfoBank
correspondent. The "0" variant in the division is far from being the fairest
option, believes the foreign minister. "No one could accuse us of
inconsistency, says Tarasyuk. Ukraine is the only FSU republic which insists
both on its share of the FSU assets and liabilities.
Earlier, a decision was
reached setting Ukraine's share at 16.37 percent of the FSU assets and
liabilities. We were aware of the amount of FSU debts, but the amount of
assets was kept away from us. Meanwhile, from 20 to 30 beautiful mansions
used to belong to the FSU in some European capitals".
Answering a question
by InfoBank's correspondent on how big the fees to international realtor
companies would be to assess the cost of FSU property abroad, Borys
Tarasyuk said: "If there is no will to resolve the issue, one can put forward a
thousand of reasons why nothing is being done. Actually, all financial and
technical problems have long been sorted out. What is needed is political will.
Experts have long established specific property located in specific countries
which could be transferred to Ukraine". Giving his assessment of the situation
inside the CIS, the Ukrainian foreign minister said: "Ukraine acts on the
conviction that bi-lateral contacts among CIS countries are more beneficial
than multi-lateral, with the latter leading to the creation of supranational