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West Cuts Some Russian Banks From SWIFT, Sanctions Central Bank

  • Banks already facing sanctions will be hit; others may follow
  • Central bank move previously only applied to nations like Iran
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EU Lays Out Plans to Kick Russian Banks Out of SWIFT
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Western nations agreed to unleash new sanctions to further isolate Russia’s economy and financial system after initial penalties failed to persuade President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his forces from Ukraine. 

A decision to penalize Russia’s central bank and exclude some Russian banks from the SWIFT messaging system, used for trillions of dollars worth of transactions around the world, was announced Saturday in a joint statement by the U.S., European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, U.K. and Canada. The agreement includes measures to prevent the Russian Central Bank from deploying its international reserves to undermine sanctions.