BERLIN, May 19 (Reuters) – The European Union is exploring ways to use the frozen assets of Russian oligarchs to fund Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday. .

The commission on Wednesday offered a 9 billion euro loan to Ukraine to keep the country going as it struggles to repel the Russian invasion and wants to set up a post-war reconstruction facility. Read more

“Our lawyers are working hard to find ways to use the frozen assets of the oligarchs for the reconstruction of Ukraine. I think Russia should also make its contribution,” she told ZDF television.

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Von der Leyen also said she was in favor of linking Ukraine’s long-term reconstruction with the reforms necessary for its accession to the European Union.

As Ukrainians see their future in the EU, certain standards must be met for membership in areas such as the rule of law and in the economic and political spheres, she said.

“The accession process very much depends on how the candidate behaves and what he does. Ukraine wants to join the EU at all costs, which means that the motivation is high to undertake the necessary reforms” , she said.

“We will have to co-finance the reconstruction of Ukraine (…) it makes sense to tackle reforms at the same time, for example against corruption or the construction of the rule of law,” she said. .

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Reporting by Madeline Chambers Editing by Chris Reese and Grant McCool

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