Source: Zero Hedge
In the latest major escalation, late on Saturday European nations together with the US have issued a joint statement in which they announce the following restrictive economic measuresthings:
- Commit to ensuring that “selected Russian banks” are removed from the SWIFT messaging system: “This will ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and harm their ability to operate globally.”
- Commit to imposing “restrictive measures that will prevent the Russian Central Bank from deploying its international reserves in ways that undermine the impact of our sanctions.”
- Commit to “acting against the people and entities who facilitate the war in Ukraine” by taking measures to limit the sale of citizenship, so called golden passports, that let wealthy Russians connected to the Russian government become citizens
- Commit to launching “a transatlantic task force that will ensure the effective implementation of our financial sanctions by identifying and freezing the assets of sanctioned individuals and companies that exist within our jurisdictions.”
- Stepping up or coordination against disinformation and other forms of hybrid warfare.
EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen broke these down further as follows:
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In coordination with 🇺🇸🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹🇨🇦🇬🇧 I will now propose new measures to EU leaders to strengthen our response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and cripple Putin’s ability to finance his war machine. https://t.co/iU2waDzo9s— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) February 26, 2022
First, we commit to ensuring that a certain number of Russian banks are removed from SWIFT.⁰— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) February 26, 2022
It will stop them from operating worldwide and effectively block Russian exports and imports.
And finally, we will work to prohibit Russian oligarchs from using their financial assets on our markets.— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) February 26, 2022
Putin embarked on a path aiming to destroy Ukraine.
But what he is also doing, in fact, is destroying the future of his own country. pic.twitter.com/bcygxFjeyG