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Monday, October 24, 2016

French Bank closes the accounts of Russian diplomats: the foreign Ministry has started checking

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia will check the reports that one of the major French banks have closed the accounts of Russian diplomats in Paris. We will remind that about it RIA Novosti said a source in diplomatic circles, noting that the leadership of the foreign Bank did it for political reasons on the background of the recent initiatives of the French Parliament.

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Official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on his briefing in Moscow has promised to check the data. To find out the circumstances of the incident also intend and French diplomats. At least, in conversation with the journalist of RIA Novosti, the representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of France Alexander Giorgini said that his Department has no information about the closure of the Russian accounts, however, it will conduct the appropriate checks.

Earlier, the Russian interlocutor of the Agency said that the closing of the accounts at Societe Generale is a result of the fact that the Bank’s management is afraid of the U.S. reaction to the French Senate adopted a nonbinding resolution on the abolition of anti-Russian sanctions.

Recall that this document was approved this week a record number of votes in the upper house of the French Parliament. As he wrote then, “MK”, the resolution is unlikely to affect the decision of the Executive authorities of the Fifth Republic and the EU, but it illustrates the willingness of Paris to change the vector of foreign policy of European unification.

The Bank itself, it abstains from comments.

Note that the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations guarantees a diplomatic agent immunity and the inviolability of personal property, which include Bank account. This is stated in the 30th article of the Convention, which makes exceptions only for lawsuits in respect of a diplomatic agent.

Sometimes, however, national laws are contrary to the Convention, which establishes the rules of diplomatic work abroad. So, in June 2015, Belgian authorities arrested the Bank accounts belonging to diplomatic missions of Russia to fulfill the decision of the Hague arbitration court on the YUKOS case on payment to former shareholders of the company a total of $ 50 billion. Then the Belgian foreign Minister Henrik van de Velde acknowledged that national legislation is not adapted to the Convention.

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