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Ukraine demands Russia's disconnection from SWIFT

According to preliminary data from StateWatch, Germany, Italy, Hungary, and Cyprus opposed.

Ukraine demands Russia's disconnection from SWIFT
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Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba responded to reports that some countries opposed Russia's disconnection from the international SWIFT system.

He wrote on Twitter: "I will not be diplomatic on this topic. Anyone who now doubts whether Russia should be disconnected from SWIFT must understand that the blood of innocent Ukrainian men, women, and children will be on their hands. Disconnect Russia from SWIFT! ".

According to StateWatch expert Alexander Lemenov, Germany, Italy, Hungary, and Cyprus opposed.

SWIFT is an international interbank information transfer and payment system.

The Financial Times also writes that Germany is against it. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in favor, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the demand to disconnect Russia from SWIFT as well. He discussed this with French President Emmanuel Macron.

"We demand the disconnection of Russia from SWIFT, the introduction of a no-fly zone over Ukraine, and other effective steps to stop the aggressor," he said.

On February 18th, Dalip Singh, the US president's deputy national security adviser, said that disconnecting Russia from the system was unlikely to be part of the first package of sanctions. It was introduced after Putin "recognized the independence" of temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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