The international interbank system SWIFT is preparing to take measures approved by Western countries and aimed at Russian banks. This was reported on Sunday by Reuters, citing a SWIFT statement.
“We are engaging with the European authorities to obtain detailed information about the organizations that will be subject to the new measures and are preparing to implement them after the legal order,” the statement said.
On Saturday evening, the head of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, announced that the European Union, together with the United States, Great Britain and Canada, intends to disconnect some Russian banks from SWIFT, as well as freeze the assets of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and prohibit Russian businessmen from using assets in the markets of countries that support this measure. .
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in Ukraine in response to the appeal of the leaders of the Donbass republics for help. He stressed that Moscow’s plans do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories, the goal is the demilitarization and denazification of the country. As stated in the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian military does not strike at cities, but disable only the military infrastructure, so nothing threatens the civilian population.