Der Spiegel reports that a letter to this effect was sent by the German finance minister to his Ukrainian colleague
Germany reportedly suspended interactions between its tax authorities and their Russian and Belarusian counterparts after Moscow’s military campaign against Ukraine began in late February.
According to an article published Friday by Der Spiegel magazine, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner last Tuesday sent his Ukrainian colleague, Serhiy Marchenko, a letter informing him that Berlin had stopped tax cooperation with Russia and Belarus. . The German media claims to have had access to the content of the message.
An exchange of information between the tax authorities of the three countries would have been among the main areas of cooperation suspended by Berlin. In addition, Germany no longer reimburses Russian citizens or companies registered in Germany for withholding tax, Der Spiegel reported. This effectively means that these people and companies can be taxed twice, both in Germany and in Russia or Belarus, which usually does not happen under normal circumstances.
In the letter quoted by Der Spiegel, Lindner then reassured his Ukrainian counterpart that the German government supported efforts to exclude Russia from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
“We are determined to inflict further economic damage on Russia and Belarus,reportedly wrote the German minister, adding that his ministry was “fully“at the disposal of Ukraine”in these subjects.”
According to Der Spiegel, the said letter was sent to Kyiv in response to a request made by Marchenko in mid-March, in which he called on Germany to completely cease its cooperation with Russia. The Ukrainian official reportedly warned his German counterpart that Russian authorities could exploit data shared by their German colleagues. The article claims that Marchenko asked Lindner to “consider the threat to national security when exchanging large amounts of data with an international aggressor.“The Ukrainian official reportedly told Berlin that said data could be used for intelligence purposes.
Since the beginning of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine on February 24, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, the whole of the EU, Japan and some others have imposed several rounds of sanctions unprecedented in Russia. The punitive measures target, among others, the assets of the Russian central bank, several large commercial banks, entire industries, as well as individual businessmen and the country’s leaders.
Russia has unveiled a number of countermeasures in response, including a recent decree by President Vladimir Putin that requires countries that have imposed sanctions on Moscow to pay for Russian gas in rubles.