OREANDA-NEWS. Words about the disconnection of the Russian Federation from the SWIFT interbank payment system are dangerous, as they can resume the civil war in Ukraine from the side of the Kiev authorities. This was announced on Thursday, January 20, by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“Statements about Russia’s disconnection from the SWIFT system may inspire erroneous hopes for some representatives of the Ukrainian leadership, who may start a new civil war in their country,” Peskov told the journalist.

On January 17, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council said that the US authorities continue to consult with European counterparts about imposing sanctions on Russia in the event of its "invasion of Ukraine", including disconnecting from SWIFT.

At the same time, the Handelsblatt newspaper, citing government sources, reported that the United States and the European Union are no longer considering the possibility of disconnecting Russia from SWIFT. According to the interlocutors of the publication, the issue of targeted economic sanctions against the largest Russian banks is currently being discussed.

According to Peskov, plans to disconnect Russia from the SWIFT system have been expressed before, but they have not been implemented.