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Swiss Parliament vote allows government to seek ways to use frozen Russian funds to help rebuild Ukraine

Swiss Parliament in debate. (Photo from Swiss Federal Assembly)

The Swiss Parliament has narrowly approved a measure that would allow the use of frozen Russian assets held in the country to help fund the reconstruction of Ukraine, the AFP news agency has reported.

The Council of States, the upper house of Switzerland's parliament, voted 21 to 19 in favor of the measure, with three abstentions, according to the report. The lower house approved the measure last year. The vote allows the federal government to now seek legal means to transfer the funds.

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