“Gref has considered the likelihood of disconnection of Russia from SWIFT

– Possibility of off Russia from the SWIFT, and the inclusion of Sberbank of Russia in the sanctions list of the U.S. Treasury (SDN) is small, the head of Sberbank German Gref.

“I think we have to proceed from a more pragmatic scenario. In the light of all difficult situation, I think, the possibility of disconnection from SWIFT, the hit to the sanctions list of SDN while they are not in my field of understanding probability”, – said Gref to journalists.

He noted that it is too early to consider what to do in a given situation. “Never say never. But I’d like to hope that it to such extreme degrees of geopolitics will not come,” – said the head of Sberbank.

In December of 2017 in an interview with The Financial Times Gref said the new us sanctions, if they are to assume off Russian banks and companies from international system of money transfers SWIFT, would be “irrational”.

The cold war may be “child’s play” compared to new U.S. sanctions that could be imposed early next year, he warned.

In April, the U.S. Treasury has imposed sanctions against Russia. Business in American “black list” included the Chairman of the Board “Gazprom” Alexey Miller, businessmen Viktor Vekselberg, Igor Rotenberg, Oleg Deripaska, Suleiman Kerimov, Andrei Skoch and Vladislav Reznik, the head of Gazprombank Andrey Akimov and head of VTB Andrey Kostin. The sanctions imposed to the General Director “Surgutneftegaz” Vladimir Bogdanov, Board member of “SIBUR” Kirill Shamalov.

The Washington Post, citing people familiar with the situation sources told that the President of the United States Donald trump at this stage does not intend to impose additional economic sanctions against Russia.

According to sources, the President would not want to impose such sanctions “without new actions of Russia, which would have put him up to it.”

Sunday, April 15, the U.S. permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley has declared readiness of Washington to announce new sanctions against Russia because of alleged chemical attack in Syria. She has not released any statement, which could explain her words.

On the night of 14 April, the United States, Britain and France attacked several targets in Syria. The US and its allies consider strikes on Syria a proportionate response to the chemical attack in the Syrian Duma, in which they accuse Damascus. Damascus denies the accusations.

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