West’s SWIFT bank sanctions will hurt Russia, but will they save Ukraine?
US, EU implement restrictive banking measures to hold Russia to account for its attack on Ukraine
Western nations have agreed to unleash new sanctions to further isolate Russia’s economy and financial system after initial penalties failed to persuade President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his forces from Ukraine.
A decision to penalise Russia’s central bank and exclude some Russian banks from the SWIFT messaging system, used for trillions of dollars worth of transactions around the world, was announced on Saturday in a joint statement by the US, European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, UK and Canada.
The nations also said they would act together to impose “restrictive measures that will prevent the Russian Central Bank from deploying its international reserves in ways that undermine the impact of our sanctions”...