Bloomberg: new US and EU sanctions may affect ruble exchange

The United States and the European Union are considering imposing sanctions on the largest Russian banks and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) in the event of a possible invasion of Ukraine. About it reported Bloomberg citing sources.

In addition, the sanctions may affect the conversion of rubles into dollars, euros and pounds sterling. An option is also being considered to introduce restrictions for investors to buy Russian bonds in the secondary market.

The most radical option would be to disconnect Russia from the SWIFT financial payment system, but this, according to the agency’s interlocutors, “would harm ordinary citizens.”

On the eve of the possibility of disconnecting Russian banks from the SWIFT system reported TV channel CNN. True, this “shock measure” has already been heard many times – since the spring of 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea.

Earlier, sources close to the US administration reported that the circle of President Joe Biden continues to “weigh” all possible sanctions against Russia, which could deter the Russian leadership from invading Ukraine.

Among the sanctions under consideration are restrictive measures against people from the inner circle of President Vladimir Putin, the heads of the largest Russian energy companies and banks. The final decision on the sanctions has not yet been made, CNN reports.

US President Joe Biden can present options for possible sanctions to Russian leader Vladimir Putin during telephone conversations on the evening of December 7, Bloomberg writes.

Earlier, a number of American and European media outlets, citing intelligence sources, wrote that at the beginning of the year Russia could launch a large-scale invasion of Ukraine, possibly with the aim of displacing the current authorities in Kiev or seizing territory. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine also reported about such intelligence data.

On the eve, CIA Director William Burns said that the US intelligence services are not yet confident that Russia intends to carry out an “invasion” of Ukraine. However, it should be borne in mind that the Russian armed forces “are capable of acting very radically,” he said. Burns argues that it is important to combine containment and diplomacy in responding to Moscow’s policies.

Moscow denies such plans and claims that Russia has the right to deploy troops on its own territory as it sees fit. Moscow called the publications in the Western media “a special operation to escalate the situation around Ukraine, shifting responsibility to Russia.”

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