The United States does not rule out that Russia could be disconnected from the SWIFT international interbank system in the event of an “invasion” of Ukraine. This was stated by the representative of the National Security Council of the White House.
“No option is ruled out. We continue to consult very closely with our European colleagues about the serious consequences for Russia in the event of its further invasion of Ukraine, ”TASS quoted him as saying on January 17.
Also on Monday, the Handelsblatt newspaper, citing government sources, reported that the US and European Union (EU) are no longer considering cutting Russia off from SWIFT. According to the publication, the issue of targeted economic sanctions against the largest Russian banks is currently being considered.
On January 12, a group of Democratic senators in the United States presented a bill providing for the introduction of new sanctions against Russia in case the situation around Ukraine worsens. Sanctions are expected to target specific individuals in government and military circles. They will affect the banking sector and the SWIFT system.
Member of the Bundestag from the “Alternative for Germany” Mariana Harder-Kühnel, in an interview with Izvestia, indicated that Russia’s disconnection from SWIFT would entail serious consequences. She called for an end to the “spiral of sanctions” and a return to the negotiating table.
At the same time, as the Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Anton Siluanov noted, disconnecting the Russian Federation from the SWIFT system is not beneficial to anyone. To do this, Europe would have to abandon Russian goods, he pointed out.
The Russian side has repeatedly refuted groundless speculation about an allegedly possible invasion of Ukraine. On January 10, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov noted that Moscow had no intentions to attack Ukraine and could not have it. He stressed that all measures for the combat training of troops are carried out within Russian territory.