MEP proposes to freeze oligarchs’ accounts and disconnect Russia from SWIFT system because of Ukraine

Manfred Weber, leader of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament and political ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, believes that if new sanctions are introduced against the Russian Federation, the Nord Stream 2 project will lose its viability

The head of the conservative European People’s Party faction in the European Parliament and the deputy chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Manfred Weber, proposed to tighten sanctions against Russia in the event of a further aggravation of the situation in Donbass. MEP and political associate of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said this in an interview with the Funke group, published on Sunday, April 11, according to Oldenburger Onlinezeitung.

“The Russian leadership continues to pursue dangerous provocations. Massive freezing of oligarchs’ accounts or disconnecting Russia from the SWIFT payment system should be a reality in the event of an escalation,” Weber said.

According to him, under such a scenario, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project in the Baltic Sea will no longer be viable.

The politician considers the deployment of Russian troops in the region of Eastern Ukraine a test for the West.

“The answer to this question must be clear and firm. The EU and the US must show politically what the Russian leadership is getting involved in if they allow the situation in eastern Ukraine to escalate or enter there,” Weber emphasized.

The same applies to the apparently deliberate threat to the health of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Companion of Merkel noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin should know the price of his actions.

As you know, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov believes that it is possible to force Russia to stop its aggressive actions against Ukraine only by political and diplomatic means, namely by strengthening sanctions.

Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to increase international pressure on Russia in order to prevent further escalation in Donbas.

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  1. At last someone in the EU actually knows what should be done, except I would go one further. Instead of reacting to any further invasions by Putler into Ukraine, sanction the fucker now, before he does it. Then tell the terrorist they will only come off when you remove your trash from all of Ukraine, including Crimea and it’s “holidaymakers”.

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      • It seems that any allegedly severe sanctions in the pipeline are being held back for use in the event of a putler escalation.
        The little rat will be happy with that because he keeps in control.
        What is needed now is a two-pronged approach:
        1/ a new list of sanctions to be applied immediately, including the end of Nordstream 2 and removal of SWIFT.
        2/ a further list of more crushing sanctions to be applied in the event of open hostilities. These must include property and cash seizures of putler cronies worldwide, no commercial flights between Russia, the US and UK and cancellation of all trade and diplomatic links

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  2. Mafia land disconnected from SWIFT alone would break its economic back. Let’s get on with it!
    Of course, it’s necessary to have a whole slew of other punitive and preventive measures ready to inhibit mafia aggression or to punish it when it does initiate military escalation. I hope that a quick shipment of Javelins and other effective weaponry is on its way to Ukraine to round up what should be done. If any of this will be taken into account by dusty Biden is quite questionable.

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