In the face of sweeping new sanctions targeting its sovereign debt, and threats of being cut off from SWIFT, Visa and other financial instruments, Moscow has recently gone on the diplomatic offensive, encouraging trade partners to continue to move away from the use of the dollar in trade, and to create alternative payment systems.
The share of the dollar in Russia’s foreign trade operations is declining from year to year, and the same thing will happen in countries the world over once people begin to doubt the US currency’s stability, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.
Speaking to Russian television on Thursday about recent actions and threats in Russia’s direction, including the possible unplugging of Moscow from SWIFT, Peskov suggested that “if SWIFT as a service shows its lack of reliability, we live in a world that’s developed to such a degree that analogues, bypasses or substitutes for this system will be found very quickly.”
Peskov emphasized that the Belgium-based global interbank service was one of only several financial sector services, albeit the dominant one, and if access is cut off, other countries will be interested in using alternatives.
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