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MOSCOW, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Russia on Monday accused Western countries of having "essentially stolen" its gold and foreign exchange reserves via sanctions.
Asked by reporters about a European Union proposal to transfer frozen Russian assets to Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "In general, a part large of our assets have been essentially stolen by specific Western countries."
Unprecedented Western sanctions have frozen around half of Russia's gold and foreign exchange reserves, which stood near $640 billion before Moscow sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24.
Last week, European Council head Charles Michel said that the bloc should consider transferring frozen Russian reserves to Ukraine.
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