Ukraine may demand that SWIFT be switched off for Russia – chief negotiator on Donbas
The government will assess progress in talks at the end of the year.Photo from UNIAN
If Russia takes no steps toward bringing peace to eastern Ukraine’s Donbas, Ukraine may push for disconnecting the aggressor state from SWIFT, a major international payment system.
That’s according to the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement, first president of independent Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, who spoke on the air of Ukraine 24 TV.
The government will assess progress in talks at the end of the year, he explained.
“The beginning of the new year will be about us starting to apply a new standard for assessing the situation, searching for new levers, and putting forward proposals to exert pressure on the aggressor. These may be sanctions, including as regards [switching off for Russia] the international payment system. We will be asking and demanding this,” Kravchuk said.
“If Russia doesn’t want to come to an agreement by diplomatic political means, we must do everything to force them to cease aggression and restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine through wider pressure of the international community and Ukraine,” concluded Kravchuk.