West cuts some Russian banks off from Swift

West cuts some Russian banks off from Swift
# 27 February 2022 02:37 (UTC +04:00)

The EU, US and their allies have agreed to cut off a number of Russian banks from the main international payment system, Swift, APA reports citing BBC.

"This is intended to cut off these institutions from international financial flows, which will massively restrict their global operations," a German government spokesman said.

Russia is reliant on the Swift system for its oil and gas exports.

But the move could also harm Western businesses doing business with Russia.

Swift, or the "Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication", is a secure messaging system that makes fast, cross-border payments possible, enabling international trade.

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said the allies would stop Russia from "using its war chest," by paralysing the assets of its central bank. They also agreed to freezing its transactions and prevent the central bank from liquidating its assets.

The measures were agreed by the US, UK, Europe and Canada.

It is the latest round of sanctions to hit Russia since it launched an invasion of Ukraine this week.

#
#

THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED