The head of the foreign ministry department called the possibility of the United States to restrict the conversion of the ruble fantastic. At the beginning of December, Bloomberg reported on negotiations on limiting the conversion of the Russian currency by Washington and Brussels. The agency linked possible sanctions with the escalation of the situation in eastern Ukraine
The ability of the United States to restrict the conversion of the ruble as a national currency, to make it “ wooden '' looks extremely unlikely. About this in an interview with RIA Novosti said Dmitry Birichevsky, Director of the Department of Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“ You can, of course, try to prohibit some individual financial market participants from certain transactions in the American jurisdiction or with American companies, which, in general, often happens. But in any way to limit the convertibility of the ruble as the Russian national currency & mdash; this is something from the category of fiction & raquo;, & mdash; said the diplomat.
Birichevsky also noted that these are “ extremely exotic measures '' that hardly took place in history. At the same time, according to him, it is difficult to imagine how this can be implemented.
In early December, Bloomberg reported that Washington and Brussels may impose sanctions against the largest Russian banks and RDIF in the event of aggression against Ukraine. As one of the most likely measures, the agency's sources named restrictions on the conversion of rubles into other currencies. CNN also wrote about possible sanctions against Russia, including with respect to its sovereign debt. In extreme cases, the country can be disconnected from the SWIFT interbank system, they indicated there.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said in response that such publications continue the line of “ information hysteria ''. “ Rather, this is not news, but a continuation of the information hysteria that we see in the media these days, '' & mdash; he said.
As the vice-president of the Association of Banks of Russia Alexei Voilukov clarified to RBC, possible restrictions may complicate the situation in Russia, but nothing prevents, for example, from buying currency from third countries, in particular from China. “ Yes, it can be more expensive, the conversion is more difficult, the path is longer. But in this case, citizens, as now, will be able to receive dollars in our banks, cash and non-cash, go out with them, pay, '', & mdash; he explained.
That Russia could 'invade'; to Ukraine early next year, wrote The Washington Post, Bild, Associated Press and other media. The Pentagon accused the Russian side of concentrating its armed forces near the border with Ukraine and called on Moscow to be “ more transparent '' in their intentions. Biden said the US is working with its European allies on a “ comprehensive '' a package of measures to prevent the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Moscow has repeatedly denied the accumulation of troops near the borders with Ukraine and the possible “ aggression. '' At the same time, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, pointed out that the movement of military equipment and army units across the country & mdash; it is exclusively Russia's internal affairs. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in turn, promised that Moscow will respond to possible sanctions.
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