Switzerland joins Council of Europe’s damage register for Ukraine – Govt

Moscow, (UNI) The Swiss government announced Wednesday that it would contribute to the Register of Damage launched by the Council of Europe, Europe’s top human rights body, to document alleged loss caused by Russia.

“At its meeting on 30 August 2023, the Federal Council decided that Switzerland will join this Register of Damage,” the Federal Council said, adding that the country’s membership “highlights its support for the political process of reconstruction in Ukraine.”

The mechanism was established in May as the first component of a future international comprehensive facility intended to make Russia compensate Ukraine for the damage inflicted on it during hostilities. The list of 37 contributors also features the European Union, the United States, Canada and Japan.

Senior Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev called the register another attempt to steal Russian state funds. He said the West owed Russia money for exploding the Nord Stream gas pipeline, financing Ukrainian attacks on Crimea and refusing to give Russia security guarantees that led it to launch a security operation in Ukraine in February 2022.

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