Baltic Foreign Ministers in Kyiv: kick Russia from SWIFT payment system

The Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states found themselves in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 24 at the moment Russian President Vladimir Putin took the step that will see him climb even higher in the list of history's most reviled dictators.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Eva Maria Liimets, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Gabrielius Landbergis, responded to news of an even wider Russian invasion of Ukraine than hitherto by publishing a joint statement.

It expresses continued solidarity with Ukraine and calls for Russia to be immediately locked out of the SWIFT international payments system, which would have much wider consequences for the Russian economy than the targeted sanctions put in place so far. It can be read below.

 

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