Olga OKHRIMENKO, “FACTS”
US sanctions against Russia will be strengthened. It is not excluded that against the Kremlin will use such a radical measure as disconnection from the global interbank SWIFT system. This was stated by Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA, Vladimir Yelchenko.
“If Russia will continue to behave as it behaves today, and I think in the near future this will not change, they will wait and even sanctions such as disconnection from the SWIFT system… If there is such defiance of Russia, they will wait for this“, — said the diplomat in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.
In addition to the possible disconnection of Russia from the largest payment system, the United States, there are other ways to economically affect the Russian economy. “In considering the issue of banning regular flights from Russia to the USA (now it happened in the pandemic), it could be the freezing of Bank accounts of some Russian officials of high level… the other day the main sanctions US law was supplemented with new provisions regarding the “Nord stream-2, “said the Ambassador.
Yelchenko not ready to call time, when will be strengthened anti-Russian sanctions. At the same time, the diplomat is sure that the decision is bound to be: “They (sanctions) lie and wait for their time… the Question is when it will be implemented tomorrow, next week or next year. All registered and ready to use“.
Recall that the possibility of disconnection of Russia from SWIFT is discussed in the last six years. Despite the effectiveness of this method, the solution is not accepted. The international community refers to that SWIFT — neutral organization.