Ukrainian money traced in NL
The Netherlands has seized Ukrainian assets for several hundred million euros, minister for Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Pauw & Witteman.
The EU brought out a list of 18 Ukrainians on Wednesday, who are suspected of having embezzled sate funds. These people were figures in the government of ousted Ukrainian president Yanukovych.
On Thursday, financial institutions in the Netherlands have started to investigating if they also have money in the Netherlands. According to Dijsselbloem, hundreds of millions of euros have already been traced, and that is just a preliminary measure.
Part of the money was in a personal account of someone on that EU list, and part of it can be linked to one of the 18.
Dijsselbloem said he didn't know if Yanukovych himself also has money in the Netherlands. He explained why there was a delay in the confrontation of Yanukovych's government. "He was president of a Eurpean country."
He went further to say that EU countries don't all think in the same lines concerning measures that must be taken against Russia. According to Dijsselbloem, everyone does agree that Russian actions in Crimea must be reprimanded, while there must be a focus on relieving tensions as well.
The EU has decided to take measures against Russia, a move which Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte calls "totally logical".