United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
May 15, 2023
Media Note: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announces United States to Join Council of Europe’s Register of Damage for Ukraine
The United States has expressed its intent to join the Council of Europe’s “Register of Damage Caused by the Aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine on or after February 24, 2022,” as a founding Associate Member. The Register is a key deliverable of the Fourth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe taking place May 16-17 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
As head of the U.S. delegation to the Summit, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, will represent the United States in joining the enlarged partial agreement establishing the Register.
“As President Biden has stated, the United States has committed to holding Russia accountable for its war of aggression against Ukraine,” said Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield. “Establishing a Register of Damage to document claims of damage from Russia’s brutal war is a critical step in this effort. Together with the Council of Europe, we stand with Ukraine.”
The UN General Assembly in November 2022 passed a resolution recommending the creation of an international register of damage caused by Russia’s “internationally wrongful acts” in Ukraine. In establishing such a register, the Council of Europe is taking an important step to hold Russia to account for its war of aggression. The United States plans to provide funding, working with Congress, to support the Register.
The Council of Europe was established in 1949 to promote human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. Based in Strasbourg, France, it includes 46 Member States, 27 of which are members of the European Union. The United States participates as an Observer State.