Russia accuses Ireland of ‘criminal behaviour’ and involvement in Ukraine war – The Irish Times

Ireland has engaged in “criminal behavior” by supporting the seizure of Russian funds for use in Ukraine and should be prepared for an “inevitable response”, Moscow’s embassy in Dublin said.

It is one of the strongest criticisms of Irish foreign policy by Moscow since the beginning of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine more than two years ago.

Earlier this month, European Union member states, including Ireland, reached a deal to seize proceeds from Russia’s frozen assets to finance weapons and aid to Ukraine.

The money will come from interest accrued on the roughly €200 billion in Russian Central Bank funds held in the EU that were frozen in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

The measure is a compromise agreement and stops short of confiscating deposits entirely. It will free up around €3 billion a year to be sent to Ukraine in the form of cash and military hardware.

In accordance with its policy of military neutrality, Ireland refrained from agreeing to support the use of funds for lethal military aid. However, it will support money used for non-lethal supplies.

The plan, which was formally adopted this week, sparked an angry response on Friday from the Russian embassy in Dublin, led by ambassador Yuriy Filatov.

“The Irish Government has supported this illegal and unprecedented decision, which has nothing to do with the norms of international law and the so-called ‘rules-based order’ hailed by Ireland.”

The embassy accused Ireland of being complicit in “brazen theft” and said it has now proven itself to be a “participant in the West’s hybrid war against Russia.”

“What had started with EU sanctions and the freezing of Russian state assets is now a large-scale theft in broad daylight, similar to what the West has previously done to other countries, which were deemed ‘hostile’ to Washington or Brussels”.

The embassy stated that the move will inevitably lead to “further economic decline of the EU” as well as other consequences.

Ireland is “responsible” for the seizure and “should be prepared to take responsibility for its actions,” he said. The embassy described the measure as “an economic aggression in clear violation of all legal norms and a hostile political act.”

He said his response will be “inevitable” and “will come in the form that best suits Russia’s interests.”

Ireland has donated more than €90 million to Ukraine in stabilization and humanitarian support since the war began, as well as pledging to provide some €250 million in non-lethal military assistance.

The Defense Forces have also trained 400 Ukrainian soldiers in various fields, including tactical combat casualty care, mine clearance and drill drill training.

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