Belgium freezes Russian embassy accounts over old legal claims in Yukos oil co. case

Belgium freezes Russian embassy accounts over old legal claims in Yukos oil co. case
Entrance to Russian embassy in Brussels. (Image: Google Street View)

[Ed. – Embassy accounts??  Something else going on here.  You don’t just do that.  This thing’s a runaway freight train.  Watch this space.]

Moscow on Thursday reacted furiously to a move by Belgium to freeze the accounts of Russian diplomatic missions and other organisations, summoning the Belgian ambassador over the “openly hostile act.”

“The Russian foreign ministry summoned Belgian ambassador Alex Van Meeuwen on June 18,” the ministry said.

“The Belgian ambassador was told that Russia considers such action by the Belgian authorities as an openly hostile act.”

The foreign ministry said that Russia’s embassy in Brussels, as well as its representative offices at the European Union and NATO headquarters and “a number of other Russian organisations” in the country had been impacted.

Russian state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported that Belgian authorities had frozen official accounts in relation to legal claims by shareholders of defunct oil firm Yukos.

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