SWIFT : Director of the Department of Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Dmitry Birichevsky, in an interview with reporters, was skeptical about the real possibility of disconnecting the country from the international interbank SWIFT system.
The diplomat recalled that SWIFT is not some state or political structure, but an international private company headquartered in Belgium.
“It is completely unclear how the Americans are going to implement their threats. Although we all perfectly understand that the US still has great leverage, so we are ready for any surprises. However, I repeat – no real prospects for disconnecting Russia from SWIFT are visible,” he said. Birichevsky, quoted by RIA Novosti.
He added that such “horror stories” periodically subside, then appear with renewed vigor, but the Russian authorities regularly declare that this is hardly possible to implement in practice.
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