Kremlin: ‘sanctions spiral’ can lead to Russia losing access to SWIFT

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that the SWIFT system may become part of a “sanctions spiral” against Russia, said the director of the Department of Economic Cooperation of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Dmitry Birichevsky in an interview with RIA Novosti.

He recalled that “there are threats,” especially from the United States, to disconnect Russia from the SWIFT system. However, under international law, sanctions can only be imposed by a legitimate body, such as the UN Security Council.

According to Birichevsky, on this basis, unilateral measures taken by individual states or groups of countries cannot be called sanctions.

“What our Western partners are using are rather barriers to protect their own producers and protect their own interests on the world stage. There are fears that the SWIFT system may be involved in this “sanctions spiral,” he said.

Birichevsky also repeated that Russia is developing an alternative to SWIFT in case it is disconnected from this payment system.

“As far as we understand, this is not the case, but it is necessary to prepare, taking into account the unpredictability of the situation. Russia has been doing this for quite some time, as it is an objective necessity,” Birichevsky added.

Amid Russia’s deployment of troops to the Ukrainian borders, a group of European Parliament MPs proposed to disconnect Russia from SWIFT, stop the completion of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, stop importing oil and gas from Russia, and freeze the European assets of “oligarchs close to the Russian authorities” and cancel their visas. In the draft resolution the European Parliament stated that these measures are proposed to be taken if “Russia’s military presence turns into an invasion of Ukraine.”

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, noted that the European Union has no authority over SWIFT, as it is a private international organization.

The situation in the Donbas escalated in March. The New York Times wrote that 4,000 Russian troops were deployed to Ukrainian  borders, including in the Rostov, Bryansk and Voronezh regions, as well as in annexed Crimea. In total, according to the newspaper, 28 battalion tactical groups of the Russian Armed Forces are located along Ukrainian borders.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in response to the publication that the movement of Russian troops does not threaten other states and should not worry them. He added that Russia is implementing “necessary measures to ensure the security of its borders”.

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that the movement of troops is part of the exercises.

(c) UAWire

3 comments

  • “However, under international law, sanctions can only be imposed by a legitimate body, such as the UN Security Council.”

    Interesting that the asshole has a selective memory, as most Putlerites do.

    “The Rose Revolution in Georgia brought Mikheil Saakashvili to power as the third president of the country. Saakashvili wanted to bring Georgia into NATO and the EU and was a strong supporter of the U.S.-led war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Russia would soon implement a number of different sanctions on Georgia, including natural gas price raises through Gazprom and wider trade sanctions that impacted the Georgian economy, particularly Georgian exports of wine, citrus fruits, and mineral water. In 2006, Russia banned all imports from Georgia which was able to deal a significant blow to the Georgian economy. Russia also expelled nearly 2,300 Georgian who worked within its borders.”

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  • Losing access to SWIFT represents about 10% of the measures that need to be taken in order to force a 180° turn from the putinazis.
    Apparently the EU threatened to disconnect putlerstan from SWIFT in April ‘if Russia invades Ukraine’. Well they already did, you dumb fucks, back in 2014. The following article, which appeared three days ago, discussed the possible outcomes of a disconnect:-

    https://thefrontierpost.com/how-disastrous-would-disconnection-from-swift-be-for-russia/

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  • onlyfactsplease

    Mafia land continues its aggressive behavior but we only hear gibberish from the meaningless entity UN. And, the UN Security Council is as useful as dick cancer when it comes to dealing with trash like Putin and mafia land.

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