< /p> Illustration photo – United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in Kyiv on February 27, 2023.
Kyiv – US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen made an unexpected visit to Kyiv today, where she met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other representatives of the country. She confirmed US support for them, Reuters reported. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that he and Yellen talked about further sanctions against Russia, which invaded Ukraine militarily a year ago, and about the possibilities of “confiscating frozen Russian assets and providing them for the reconstruction of Ukraine”.
Yellen told reporters that Russia should bear the cost of repairing the damage caused by its invasion of Ukraine. However, according to the minister, there are still “significant legal obstacles” to the full seizure of the assets of the Russian central bank in the amount of 300 billion dollars (approximately 6.7 trillion crowns), which were frozen as a result of the sanctions, wrote The Guardian newspaper. According to him, Yellen said that the US and its allies are discussing strategies to ensure that Russia pays for the devastating consequences of the war. US President Joe Biden gave similar assurances to the country during his visit to the Ukrainian capital a week ago. “America will stand by Ukraine as long as it takes,” Yellen told Prime Minister Shmyhal at the seat of the Ukrainian government.
Yellen visited Kyiv on her way to Washington from the G20 meeting of finance ministers in Bengaluru, India. , where, among other things, she called for more economic aid to Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, the United States has provided Ukraine with over 13 billion dollars in economic and budgetary support, according to Reuters, Washington will send another billion to Kyiv by the end of September. In December, the US Congress approved roughly $45 billion in military, economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine and the NATO countries that help it.