Giorgia Meloni: EU States Will Not Directly Participate in G7’s $50 Billion Ukraine Loan


BORGO EGNAZIA, Italy – Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni clarified on Saturday that European Union states will not be directly involved in a $50 billion loan initiative for Ukraine, which the Group of Seven (G7) nations intend to fund using income generated from frozen Russian assets.

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Speaking at a news conference following the G7 summit in southern Italy, Meloni outlined that the loan, supported by interest accrued from blocked Russian funds, will primarily be financed by the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and likely Japan, adhering to their respective legal frameworks.

“The $50 billion loan, as announced, will be provided by the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and potentially Japan, within the constraints of their constitutional obligations,” Meloni stated. She emphasized that European nations are not presently partaking in this financial arrangement, citing that the frozen assets are predominantly located within Europe.

“Currently, European nations are not involved in this loan, as the assets are predominantly mobilized within Europe,” Meloni clarified, indicating that the EU’s role revolves around providing a guarantee mechanism to ensure loan repayment.

Earlier reports from EU officials had suggested that the 27-member bloc, including G7 nations France, Germany, and Italy, might contribute approximately half of the loan amount. However, Meloni’s statement diverged from this notion, asserting the current non-participation of European states in the funding mechanism.

Approximately 260 billion euros ($278 billion) of Russian assets, including central bank reserves, have been frozen under sanctions imposed after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Euroclear, a Belgium-based central securities depository, holds around 190 billion euros of these assets, underscoring the EU’s pivotal role in any potential utilization of these funds. In contrast, the United States holds approximately $5 billion worth of such assets.

The G7’s decision to leverage these frozen assets for the $50 billion loan underscores ongoing international efforts to support Ukraine amidst geopolitical tensions and economic pressures stemming from the conflict with Russia.

By Naija247news
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